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I’ve been writing for the ToothBrushTown website for several years now, and one of the things that constantly comes up in the latest dental news is how few people are actually brushing their teeth correctly.
One study conducted by the British Dental Association in particular springs to mind, in which they found that office workers don’t think they have time for oral hygiene.
A staggering 88% don’t brush for the recommended 2 minutes, and over 20% regularly skip brushing!
Oral-B have been trying to get people into good brushing habits with their top of the line toothbrushes for several years now, and the Pro 5000 is a continuation of that strategy.
In this article we’re going to take a look at this new brush in the range, and figure out if it’s worth your while investing in one.
Taught By a Toothbrush?
So how can this toothbrush teach you good brushing habits?
Well, it comes armed with what Oral-B calls a wireless SmartGuide.
This is a small screen that sits on your bathroom shelf and wirelessly connects to your toothbrush. Whilst you’re brushing, it then monitors what you’re doing and gives you brushing advice.
Brushing too hard? You’ll notice straight away thanks to the SmartGuide and you can ease off a bit.
It’ll also guide you through the whole process, making sure that you brush for the full recommended 2 minutes, and it’ll even let you know which parts of the mouth to concentrate on and when.
At the end, you’ll get a brushing score. Aiming for the top score every day will mean that you’re getting pretty close to the perfect brushing routine on a daily basis.
Does It Work?
Actually, there’s a fair bit of evidence to suggest that merely focussing on your brushing routine will indeed improve it.
In one study, it was found that if people timed their brushing then they were 50% more likely to follow dentist’s guidelines and brush for a full two minutes.
The SmartGuide not only times you, it checks your brushing pressure, and guides you through the whole process, and this kind of commitment to improving your dental routine will almost certainly pay off.
If you’ve had dental health issues in the past, bushing up on your oral hygiene routine will definitely help.
For example, if you’ve ever suffered with Gingivitis, then effectively removing bacteria every day is absolutely crucial to you, or you could end up with gum disease. The way you brush is vital in this fight, and the wireless SmartGuide could be an invaluable tool.
The dentist can give you as much advice as possible whilst you’re in their chair, but they can’t keep an eye on your brushing when you’ve left, so the SmartGuide could be the perfect device to bridge this gap in dental care.
However, there is going to be a point of diminishing returns.
Once you’ve got yourself into good habits, the SmartGuide is going to be less useful. Although, it might still be a good idea to fire it up now and again to make sure you’re still brushing in the correct way.
5000 vs 6000 – Which is Best?
You’ve probably noticed that Oral-B also have a Pro 6000 on the market that includes a wireless SmartGuide. So what’s the difference, and which is better?
The SmartGuide that comes with the 6000 is exactly the same as this one. It does exactly the same thing, has exactly the same features, shape, and everything.
The difference with the 6000 is that it also has bluetooth built in, and this means that you can connect it to your SmartPhone and get a whole lot more functionality from the Oral-B app.
The Oral-B tracks everything about your dental routine, and also allows you (or more importantly, your dentist) to program in brushing routines that are tailored to your specific needs.
If you’re thinking of investing in the 5000 to improve your dental hygiene, and you happen to have an iPhone or Android phone in your pocket, then take a look at the 6000 instead – it’s only a few quid extra, and the SmartPhone features are really something.
What Else Is In The Box?
As well as the SmartGuide, you’ll also get a years worth of brush heads for free (they’d cost around £15 to buy on their own), the charger, and a travel case.
The 5000 has Oral-B’s 3D Cleaning and CrossAction technology built in too.
CrossAction refers to the bristles on the brush head. They’re slightly angled in order to reach even further in-between your teeth, and therefore remove more plaque.
Whilst this tech hasn’t been independently tested, Oral-B say it will help you to remove 100% more plaque than a manual brush.
The 3D Cleaning technology is all about the movement of the brush.
It oscillates, pulsates and rotates simultaneously. This combination of movement has been independently proven in clinical trials to remove 10% more plaque than other brushes, for a 20% reduction in chances of catching Gingivitis.
Not bad at all!
Is It For Everyone?
I can’t recommend to the 5000 to absolutely everyone.
Those who should consider it, are people with a history of dental problems, or those whose dentist has recommended that they improve their oral hygiene routine.
People who are already making sure that they brush correctly, and for the right amount of time aren’t going to get a whole lot of value from the SmartGuide.
If that’s you, you can probably save yourself some cash choose one of Oral-B’s cheaper models such as the Pro 2000.
There’s no doubt that the 5000 provides the best clean that money can buy, but then so do all Oral-B toothbrushes from the cheapest to the most expensive.
The value in the 5000 is helping you to improve your brushing routine, and sticking to it.
If that’s something that your dentist has recommend (and you don’t own a smartphone), then the 5000 with it’s wireless SmartGuide could just the ticket.