Looking for an electric toothbrush? It can be hard to know what to get due to the bewildering array of options. Well, the Oral-B 5000 models are highly recommended by many dentists and dental hygienists.
Let’s review what makes these so special, and why I made them my most recommended in the best electric toothbrush article (which can be found here).
The model’s full name is the “Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries Healthy Clean And Floss Action 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush” in the US and in Europe goes by “Braun Oral-B 5000 Triumph“. Different names but the same otherwise.
So what features make this brush so highly recommended?
Main features of the Oral-B Professional Care 5000
There are many features to this brush, but here are the most important points to consider:
- A hi-tech wireless smartguide that lets you know how you are brushing! This little piece of kit has a screen that monitors your brushing and reports back to you! So you can see how long you need to brush for in each quadrant and if you are brushing too hard, without having to look at the brush. This screen is far from essential for a toothbrush, but it is pretty neat.
- The brush also lets you know, with a warning light and noise, if you are brushing too hard. Why is this important? If you over-brush then you can wear down your tooth enamel, as well as reduce the cleaning action of the bristles by wearing them down quickly.
- There are five different cleaning ‘modes’ with this model, including daily clean, deep clean and whitening. I’m not convinced of any huge benefits here, but some users do like the extra options.
- Can be used with a series of different heads, depending on your needs.
These features are all nice but the most important factor is how well it cleans your teeth! This brush (so long as you use it properly and twice daily!!) is excellent at removing plaque. The brush head pulsates, rotates and oscillates to really get into every little corner of your mouth. The different heads, e.g. for orthodontic patients, are also very well designed to help improve oral hygiene in various circumstances.
The Oral-B Triumph 5000 (the European name) is the only toothbrush to hold the Platinum award from the British Dental Health Foundation.
Here’s a video review:
The most obvious drawback of the Oral-B 5000 rechargeable series is the price. There are some good deals online, with the lowest prices in at just over $100 (or £80). You are getting quite a lot for your money, but for some the extra cost (over more basic kits) is not worthwhile. There are cheaper models like the 1000 series or 3000 series which have similar cleaning actions (and therefore results), but don’t have the same bells and whistles.(Update- the 3000 is only very slightly cheaper vs 5000 at the moment, so it does not represent good value against the more expensive model).
The manufacturers advertise a ‘clean floss action‘ – But note that you will still need to floss daily- This brush (like any other) does not preclude the need for cleaning between your teeth.
What are the alternatives?
There are many quality toothbrushes, including a wide range from Oral-B. Many of these are similar to the 5000 model, but just don’t have the same variety of features. The 1000 brush is the most basic, but does the job well enough for most people.
Another model that is very similar in price range, but one that uses different cleaning technology (‘sonic‘ as opposed to rotation-oscillation cleaning) is the Philips Sonicare Flexcare Plus. The question of which is best between the Oral b 5000 vs Sonicare range is often asked and much debated. But suffice to say that there is very little between them in terms of consumer reports and cleaning efficacy. Both are excellent, so long as you use them as recommended.
Of course, the cheapest alternative is a normal manual toothbrush. Manual brushes are fine for most people, so long as they are used properly!
This promo clip help shows some of the features of this brush;
The Oral-B 5000 toothbrush is up there as among the best models available. It has pretty much all you could need from a toothbrush (and more), so if you want the best this should be high on your shopping list.
But remember spending enough time, while using a proper technique, is more important than the type of brush you use! For more advice on electric toothbrushes see this article.