One of the hygienic routines we learn as children are caring for the teeth, and the most common way is by brushing our teeth regularly. Dental hygiene is a vital part of our health that should not be neglected, and this is why the type of toothbrush and methods of brushing should be taken into cognizance.
The market is filled with different types toothbrushes, however, we are going to compare Oral B Pro 6000, 5000 and 3000, where you will be able to identify the features of the toothbrushes and then decide which one to opt for.
- 1 Common Features with the Products
- 2 The Major Differences
- 3 Pros
- 4 Cons
- 5 Conclusions
Common Features with the Products
People who use any of the toothbrushes need not worry about the amount of pressure applied while brushing, because the toothbrushes are equipped with a smart pressure sensor that monitors the pressure applied, to avoid damages to the enamel and gums. This pressure sensor has an indicator that gets turned on when there is too much pressure applied while brushing. When there is too much pressure applied to the teeth, the sensor picks up such pressure and then on the Pro 3000 and 5000, a red light comes on, while on the Pro 6000 flashes green as an indicator of the pressure, and to tell you to reduce the pressure.
Connectivity and App Support
The toothbrushes are smart ones and need a way to connect to the smart app, this is why they come with a wireless connectivity to enable interconnectivity between the toothbrushes and the smartphone device where the app is. With the interaction between the toothbrushes and the app, users will be able to track and monitor their oral hygiene, including the techniques applied when brushing. The app will be used to provide feedback data which will be useful to the users, as it will enable the users to know how well their oral hygiene, hence the users will be able to improve on their brushing techniques and also know what flaws they have when brushing.
The brush head has bristles that indicate when it is time for the brush heads to get changed. The bristles on the brush heads are blue in color, and the moment they become white, that is the indication that the brush heads need to be replaced. However, according to recommendations by dentists, replacing your brush/brush heads should take place, irrespective of the bristles turning white or not.
It is recommended by the dentist to brush the teeth regularly for two minutes, in light of this, the smart timer was added to the toothbrushes to ensure that you brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes, as a way to promote healthy dental hygiene. When using any of the toothbrushes, a pulsating effect can be felt every 30 seconds, as an indicator to move to the next mouth quadrant.
The toothbrushes function with oscillation and vibrations, necessary for the removal of plaques much more than regular toothbrushes, in that they are able to effectively remove 100% more plaques than the regular toothbrushes via its 3D cleaning modes, thus giving you a cleaner mouth with fresh breath. The cleaning functionality takes into cognizance the need to deal with plaques, and it is able to tackle this via pulsations and oscillations, and thus removes and destroys every form of the plaque on the teeth and especially located at the gum line.
All three brushes come with a charger for when the toothbrushes get depleted batteries. And they’re all general-purpose.
The Major Differences
Colors and appearance
The color of your toothbrush adds some aesthetic values when being used in the bathroom or when it’s in its dock. The toothbrushes come in white colors, with the option of a black and rose gold handle for the Oral B Pro 6000 toothbrush. Blue handle is another version of the 3000 without Bluetooth.
Their handle shapes are not exactly the same, the 3000 and the 6000 are cylindrical, while the 5000 handle is more ergonomic, with a certain radian, on my personal use habits I prefer the former.
All three brushes come with traveling cases that contain refill storage to hold the brush heads, but the materials are different. The 3000 and the 5000’s travel boxes are common, while the 6000 with a travel box, more advanced, and with cushions in it, which can make better protection for toothbrush and brushes.
There are different versions that come with the brushes, and each of the versions were created to focus on special areas that deal with dental hygiene. Regardless of the mode, the toothbrushes are able to deal with serious deep cleaning, teeth whitening, and plaque removal, thus helping the users focus on the goals needed to obtain utmost oral hygiene. The three toothbrushes have the ability to interchange brush heads that are necessary to perform and handle special functions. The 3000 comes with a polishing cup at the center of the brush head to help you polish your teeth and whiten it too, while the Oral B Pro 5000 comes with a special brush head that has floss bristles that will enable the user clean between the teeth, and the 6000 comes with enhanced versions of its predecessors. The Pro 5000 and 6000 come with 3D White, Sensitive, and CrossAction heads, with the Pro 6000 having a FlossAction head as an addition.
This feature is absent in the Oral B Pro 3000 and 5000. The 6000, however, has the 360 smart ring that helps users know when there are problems while brushing. While all the toothbrushes can connect with the mobile app, the Oral B Pro 6000 can indicate the problem when you are not using the application in real time. The Smart Ring LED indicator has 12 colors for the user to choose from, to add some personalization to the toothbrush.
As with most battery operated systems, all three toothbrushes come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which is a trusted technology in batteries and is capable of holding power for a long time. Hence, with these brushes, you do not have to bother about charging the toothbrushes for a while. The battery life varies between the three different models, the Oral B Pro 3000 has 7 days battery life, the Oral B Pro 5000 has 10 days of battery power, while the Oral B Pro 6000 has the biggest battery power with 12 days of battery power.
This Oral B range of toothbrushes come with different types of brushing modes, and these brushing modes are designed in a such a way as to focus the brushing activity in a particular way. The brushing modes are more than 3 on the different toothbrushes, and with the recommendations of the dentist can help you make the right choices about the brushing modes to use. The Oral B 3000 comes with only 3 modes (Daily Clean, Sensitive, and Gum Care), while the 5000 and 6000 have 5 brush modes each (Gum Care, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, and Tongue Clean).
The toothbrush handles can be used to identify them:
- The Pro 3000 which is slimmer, ergonomic and features a grip with ridges, and a power button that is easily accessible.
It weighs 130g (with head) and measures 23 x 3 x 2.5cm
- The Pro 5000 has a little more to its size compared to the Pro 3000, it has a rubber grip at the rear. It has two buttons, one for power, and the other to select the cleaning mode.
It weighs 168g (with head) and measures 24 x 4 x 3cm.
- The Pro 6000 is less cylindrical, and the design is tapered, with a rubber on the rear for grip. It also has two buttons: Power and function.
It weighs 140g (with head) and measures 24 x 3.2 x 2.7cm.
- Easy connectivity via Bluetooth
- Good battery life
- Various brushing modes
- Availability of pacer and timer
- Availability of pressure sensor
- The pro 3000 lacks custom functions, is relatively simple and it’s an entry-level product.
- I feel that the 5000 handle is not as comfortable as the cylinder of 3000 and 6000.
- Compared to the other two, the 6000 is the most expensive, but not the best value for money.
Caring for your teeth is important and should not be trifled with, hence it is imperative that utmost care is taken to ensure that the mouth is always clean. This is a major reason why your toothbrush matters a lot, and with so many toothbrushes in the market, picking the one that best suits your dental needs may be difficult. From the comparison above, the three toothbrushes mentioned are all very good when it comes to oral hygiene, as their core functions are similar, but if you are looking to upgrade, then it is recommended to try the Pro 5000 and 6000, Do not forget that the recommended time for brushing is 2 minutes.