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 Mar 12, 2021

The Oral B electric toothbrush range has several different series of brushes - Genius range, Smart series and Pro. The main difference in all of these is the gadgetry and of course the price.  In this article I give a little information about each range and I hope it will make it a little bit easier for you when you next decide to buy an Oral B toothbrush. 


Oral B Pro Electric toothbrush

Pro is a basic range and does exactly what it says on the tin.One button on and off no smart phone app. This range has a pressure sensor and a warning light on the handle (only on one side of the brush) when you are brushing too hard.

Oral B Smart Series electric toothbrush

The Smart Series has 6 different cleaning modes for daily care, deep clean, gum care, whitening, tongue cleaning and a sensitive mode. Most of the modes require a different head to work efficiently. It has pressure control technology which reduces brushing speed and alerts you to be gentler if you brush too hard and has a free-standing timer so you monitor how long you spend brushing. This has lots of smiley faces and stars when you spend the correct length of time.

Oral B Genius electric toothbrush

The Genius introduced the first intelligent brushing system It connects to an app on your smart phone and has position detection technology to give a visual of which area you are brushing which means you don’t miss any areas as you brush. It incorporates Gum Guard technology, 360 SmartRing and Pressure Control alert. This basically means the pressure warning light encircles the entire brush and warns you to reduce speed when you brush too hard as well as showing you where you are over brushing. This range can have up to 8 cleaning modes – daily clean, gum care, sensitive and super sensitive, whitening, deep clean, intense, and tongue clean. Again, different heads are needed for the different modes.

Oral B IO electric toothbrush

And the new IO series – obviously it has an app. It works on a drive system powered by a magnetic motor which means there are fewer vibrations than with the other ranges and it drives each bristle individually rather than powering the entire head in one movement. It gives you the kind of clean feeling you have when you leave the hygienist, every time you brush. AI teeth tracking monitors and shows the tooth surface you are brushing ensuring you reach every part of the tooth it is possible to reach with a brush. It also even reminds you when it is time to change your toothbrush head and gives you a smiley face for a job well done.


I was fortunate to receive a trial version of the new Oral B IO last summer (Rob is very jealous) and I have to say it really does leave you with that just visited teh hygienist feeling when used correctly. 

My round up on these brushes is that the research show they remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Which one to choose depends on how much of a technology person you are and how much you are willing to pay. If the app bit motivates you go for it. If you really don’t want to interact with an app the simple Pro brush will do just as good a job. 

Next month I’ll cover the Phillips Sonicare range.

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