If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and using floss and mouthwash, how much difference does using an electric toothbrush actually make?
Well, there are a few benefits to using an electric toothbrush:
- The movement of an electric brush has been shown to remove more plaque than a manual one, especially in hard-to-reach places.
- Many electric toothbrushes come with a built-in timer, so you can be sure you’re brushing for the recommended two minutes.
- Electric toothbrushes have different modes including deep clean, sensitive, gum care and tongue cleaning, allowing you to easily care for your whole mouth.
But if you've decided on an Oral-B electric toothbrush, which brush head should you choose and how often should you change it?
What Are The Best Oral-B Brush Heads?
The best Oral-B brush head for you will vary depending on your needs. Many people are happy with a good all-rounder, while others need something more specialised. Let’s look at a few of the options available.
If you’re a beginner with an electric toothbrush, try the Oral-B Precision Clean brush head. It’s perfect for someone who’s just made the switch from a manual toothbrush.
The Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush head has angled bristles that are designed to get between the teeth, perfect for a deep clean everyday. This versatile toothbrush head is the most advanced one Oral-B makes.
The Deep Sweep offers a particularly thorough clean, removing 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.
Oral-B’s Ortho Care head is perfect for those with braces, while the Sensitive toothbrush head offers the softest bristles, ideal for people with sensitive gums.
What Are The Differences Between Oral-B Brush Heads?
The main differences between Oral-B’s toothbrush heads are their features:
- Compact vs full-size: A compact toothbrush head is ideal for those with smaller mouths.
- Angled vs standard: An angled toothbrush head is best for reaching the back of your teeth, particularly the teeth at the front of your mouth. Tartar can build up in these areas as they’re harder to get to with a standard brush head.
- Soft vs regular bristles: Softer bristles are gentler on sensitive gums.
How Long Do Oral-B Brush Heads Last?
For the most effective clean, you should change your toothbrush head once every 90 days, or sooner if you notice the bristles beginning to fray.
Helpfully, some Oral-B brush heads have special bristles which start off green and change colour to yellow when it’s time to replace.
You can also use the Oral-B app to help you track how long you’ve been using a brush head, and get email reminders through the Oral-B website.
There really is no excuse for forgetting to change your toothbrush head!
Which Oral-B Brush Head Should I Choose?
It might be worth trying a few brush heads to see which one feels best.
But as a general guide, electric toothbrush newbies can’t go too far wrong with the Oral-B Precision Clean brush head and anyone looking for a great all-rounder should consider the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush head.