You can make sure you are on top of a good clean the old manual way, buying new toothbrushes every few months and hoping you are doing your best. But once you go electric, there’s really no turning back.
If oral hygiene is important to you, you probably already have your routine down. You know that dentists recommend no less than a 2-minute brush a few times a day, and you probably already know that a toothbrush toothpaste isn’t all you need for a healthy mouth.
The electric toothbrush market is full of new, trendy brands, and you have your staples as well.
Whether you’re starting out with a family handle, or you’re looking for something that will take you from home to business trips, to your friend’s place, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.
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Oral B doesn’t really need an introduction. It’s everywhere, they have their own hardware (toothbrushes), accessories, toothpaste, and now even software – but more on that later.
Oral B is the number one dentist-approved toothbrush, worldwide. Of course, they’re also approved by the American Dental Association, just in case, there were any questions.
So, you could say they are a trusted brand.
One of the first innovators of the electric toothbrush, Oral B has been redeveloping its products to keep up with a growing market. Let’s see what’s in store with the Oral B 5000?
What’s in The Box?
Oral B has really thought of the users’ needs when it comes to included accessories. You’ll get:
- 1 rechargeable toothbrush handle
- 1 floss action brush head
- 1 charging station
- 1 Brush head storage
- 1 travel case
For at-home use, and on-the-go, that’s a really fair starter pack.
- Long Battery life
- Pressure Sensor
- Timer pulses every 30 seconds
- Bluetooth Display
- Interchangeable Heads
- Fading Bristles Indicate that it is time to switch brushes
You may be tracking your steps, your water intake, and your sleep, but have you considered your oral hygiene? It’s 2019 and you have an app for everything.
Your Oral B toothbrush has evolved into a smart device ready to simplify your life and help you achieve your goals.
The app prides itself on focusing, motivating, tracking, and sensing your oral hygiene interactions. Like all smart devices, you will get what you put into the app.
You have a choice of goals to choose from, gum care mode, whitening mode, deep clean mode, and more. This way the app can focus you, sending you updates and time frames to help you achieve your goals.
While your brushing, the app entertains you with news and weather, while the toothbrush pulses at 30-second intervals to let you know it’s time to change your focus.
The pressure sensor will let you know when your brushing is at optimum pressure.
Between yourself, the app, and the toothbrush, you’ve really got yourself the holy trinity of oral health.
Pros and Cons
- Comes with everything you need
Oral B has been in the game for a long time and knows what people need. The products are basic and made of simple plastic, but they are durable enough.
- Brush holder for multiple brushes
An electric toothbrush is an investment, and Oral B knows this. The brush holder is also a testament to the attention to detail from Oral B.
Many families are buying one handle and switching heads, it’s the economical choice in a sophisticated lifestyle. There are also many types of heads suited for different issues, so it may be naive of me to assume it’s family-oriented, but whatever the reason, it’s handy.
- Fast charging
The Oral B 5000 takes only 2 minutes to fully charge. It’s suggested to charge twice a day.
If you follow these suggestions regularly, your handle should be able to hold a charge for a trip of around 7 days or so. This is great for short trips because honestly, the docking station is quite chunky.
- Bluetooth display
An upgrade from previous models is the Bluetooth display. Instead of a simple flashing light, there are three Bluetooth-symbol-style lines.
Each line represents a 33% charge so you know where your toothbrush is up to, and when to give it some love.
- Tall Design
The handle plus brush stands at 9.5 inches. That’s on the much taller end of the range for electric toothbrushes.
This can get annoying when trying to find shelf space.
- No USB charger
A lot of electric toothbrushes today offer USB charge. The Oral B 5000 does not.
This makes it annoying to lug around for anything – longer than the above-mentioned ten-day trip – a hassle.
- Chunky design
Which brings me to the chunky design. Although Oral B has modernized its color scheme with the sleep white and silver, it is a really very basic design.
The handle has only gone through minor evolutions since the original, making the grip really the same experience. When you are creating a state of the art system, you really shouldn’t lose sight of basic aesthetics.
Conclusion: How to get the most out of your Oral B 5000
The Oral B 5000 is a great electric toothbrush, and I love the app features. Others who aren’t looking to be told what to do with their toothbrush may not relate to the app as much but still gain from the Bluetooth compatibility either way.
Oral B is a trusted brand that is honestly burnt into my mind since childhood, so I’d be confident in making a slightly bigger investment in them than a newer brand. The only thing I’d be careful about when making this kind of investment is to make sure that the rest of the routine is up to scratch.
Instead of using a standard toothpaste, I’d also be careful to use a dental solution like Dental Pro 7, to make sure that my mouth is clean beyond the reach of my toothbrush.
I’m more of a homebody so this toothbrush is the top of the line for me, but if I were someone traveling more often I’m not sure I would recommend it.
The Oral B 5000 is a state of the art smart device that your home could really get used to.
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