The Deep Sweep toothbrushes are a new range recently brought out by Oral-B. The manufacturer makes some bold promises, none-less-so than the 5000 model “removes up to 76% more plaque vs. Sonicare Flex Care* in hard to reach areas“. This is not a claim that I can in any way substantiate, of course. But what I can do is take a look at the features of this brush to see if it’s worth buying.
First up, this toothbrush has been available in the UK for a few months now – as the Trizone (read the review here) and it has LOTS of happy users. What do they like about it? Most comments revolve around:
- Easy to use - designed to be used like a manual brush
- Extra-long battery life (of up to 10 days)
- The extra gadgetry that comes with the 500 model.
To expand on the first point – most electric toothbrushes come need to be used slightly differently, ie you need to alter your technique (if you are doing so correctly!)compared to using a non-powered brush. The Oral-B Deep Sweep is used exactly like a ‘normal’ brush – but does a better job of plaque removal (according to the makers – and they should know!).
The other main selling point and ‘new innovation’ here is the “TriAction” mode by which this toothbrush works. There are three different sets of bristles on the brushhead(two of which move side to side and one of which remains stationary) – thus a ‘triple’ action as you brush your teeth.
This video explains things better-
This technology is a change from the normal ‘rotation-oscillation’ action of most other Oral-B models (apart form the Pulsonic).
A Look At The Features In More Detail
You have a choice between two different models the more basic 1000 version and the gadget packed, Deep Sweep 5000 electric toothbrush
What You Get With The Deep Sweep Toothbrushes
As one would expect, the 5000 model comes with extra goodies. But first, here are the specifications that both versions share:
- The same “TriAction”"cleaning action. As explained in the video above, this incorporates three bristle zones. One group of shorter bristles remain static – ie like a manual brush. The two moving groups both sweep and pulsate simultaneously, producing 8,800 sweeping motions per minute.
- A ‘hard -brushing alert’, ie a pressure sensor which notifies you if you are over-scrubbing. This can be very useful, especially if you are one of the many patients who brush too hard.
- A two minute timer, which also has a 30 second ‘quadrant prompt’ which reminds you of when to move the brush to another corner of the mouth.
- A decent battery life of 7 days for the 1000 model and a great 10 days for the 5000.
How The Two Models Differ – Extra Features of the Deep Sweep 5000 Toothbrush
Here are the main differences between the two models:
- The 1000 has 20,000 pulsations per minute, while the 5000 has twice that at 40,000. This would seem on paper to make the latter much more powerful. But perhaps 20,000 is enough?
- The Deep Sweep 5000 features 5 cleaning modes, vs the single one on the cheaper model. Some folk like this option, but overall the benefits might be slim.
- The Oral-b 5000 Deep Sweep toothbrush has borrowed the wireless Smartguide from the superb Professional Care Smart Series 5000 (which we review here). If you like gadgetry, you should like this! It aims to guide you on how well you are brushing your teeth. Key features are that it informs you of when switch quadrant (every 30 seconds) and has a pressure monitor and feedback mechanism to help prevent over-brushing. While not uber-important, this guide does make this product look like a cut above the rest.
See the manufacturers guide to the differences between the models here here.
These are not cheap toothbrushes, if your budget is a main factor, consider perhaps a Professional Care 1000 or one of the cheaper models on this list. The 5000 deep sweep electric toothbrush is currently over $30 more expensive than the Professional Care 5000 - so you are paying for new technology to an extent.
The technology is also relatively unproven in clinical studies, when compared to Oral-B’s more common rotation-oscillation type brushes and ‘sonic’ toothbrushes. However, on paper, how this brush should perform in terms of cleaning ability does seem very strong.
This new range of electric toothbrushes looks super on paper. The main advantage appears to be that one can use it with the same technique as a manual toothbrush. But it cleans plaque more effectively. Have a read through the features and decide for yourself, but it looks a safe bet, and has many happy customers here in the UK already.
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