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My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: March 24, 2021 12:32PM
I have two of the same model, I think it's the Professional Series 8850. I know the toothbrushes have come a long way since then, and there's a dizzying variety of models out there. I tend to really like the Oral-B's, but am open to other types.

I also know there's been a lot of discussion here recently about water flossers, but I have very sensitive gums (serious gum recession) and so I'm not sure if those are for me.

Any suggestions? TiA




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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: Cary
Date: March 24, 2021 02:11PM
I'm thinking about getting the waterpik combo toothbrush and flosser...

Anyone use that?
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: March 24, 2021 02:14PM
I have the professional 9000. Its good for maybe a day off the charger, then it gives out. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think OralB has a patent on the rotary head movement (back and forth rotating motion). A lot of the other heads are the back and forth.

To each his or her own.

I have been looking at the newer OralB toothbrushes. For a comparable toothbrush, Im looking in the Genius series.
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: John B.
Date: March 24, 2021 02:30PM
20+ years on Sonicare here. Sonicare made a huge leap forward when they got rid of the screw-on brush head (that collected guck under the threads) in favor of a click-on brush head. Should last 2-3 weeks between charges (depending on usage). The newer power units/brush heads have wear/use monitoring that lights up when it's time to change heads (I haven't tried running one beyond that long enough to see if it eventually quits working). I saw recently that Target has replacement Sonicare brush heads under one of their house brands, I'm going to try them out and see if they perform well enough for the reduced cost.

For the longest time it was OralB vs. Sonicare vs. (everyone else). Will be interesting to see if Waterpik makes a go of it with their combo brush/flosser. My current dental clinic seems to flip between repping OralB and Sonicare every year or so, probably based on who gives them the better deal that year.
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 24, 2021 02:30PM
When my very elder Oral-B electric died, I got a replacement that was the shallow end but more expensive.

But this one had bells and whistles!

There was a light that flashed when using too much pressure of the brush on the teeth.

There was a timer to make sure one did due diligence to each quadrant.

The orange light has flashed only twice in the several years I've had this version, and that was to test the light.

Really, all I want is the brush to rotate back and forth, so give me a cheap rechargeable toothbrush for maybe $49.95.

Those prices at the link would be enough to make me consider going back to a non-electric brush.





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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 24, 2021 02:31PM
I have an Oral-B Pro 1000.

I don't see how spending any more money would get you something better.
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 24, 2021 03:48PM
We went from OralB to Sonicare a decade ago (via a 4 pack sale at Sam's Club), and we prefer Sonicare. Third party replacement heads are inexpensive and work well.
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 24, 2021 03:59PM
Maybe try sonicare but I don't think one is clearly better than the other. I prefer sonicare.

I don't think there's much difference in effectiveness between electric tooth brushes.



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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 24, 2021 04:09PM
Maybe try sonicare but I don't think one is clearly better than the other. I prefer sonicare.

I don't think there's much difference in effectiveness between electric tooth brushes.



That's my feeiing.

From the few studies I've seen one favors the other, but it's usually by a small margin.

And I really think it's tough to do testing that will give a definitive answer.

I do like the idea of cheaper replacement brushes.

What's the noise factor of a Sonicare vs an Oral-B?

The very few times I've thought about Sonicare, they seemed more expensive that Oral-B, and really, a quieter eBrush is the only thing that might make me switch.





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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: March 24, 2021 06:50PM
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John B.
20+ years on Sonicare here. Sonicare made a huge leap forward when they got rid of the screw-on brush head (that collected guck under the threads) in favor of a click-on brush head. Should last 2-3 weeks between charges (depending on usage). The newer power units/brush heads have wear/use monitoring that lights up when it's time to change heads (I haven't tried running one beyond that long enough to see if it eventually quits working). I saw recently that Target has replacement Sonicare brush heads under one of their house brands, I'm going to try them out and see if they perform well enough for the reduced cost.

For the longest time it was OralB vs. Sonicare vs. (everyone else). Will be interesting to see if Waterpik makes a go of it with their combo brush/flosser. My current dental clinic seems to flip between repping OralB and Sonicare every year or so, probably based on who gives them the better deal that year.

This.

My hygienist & dentist are much happier since I switched from an Oral-B spin brush to Sonicare, even though it's the cheap one with the snap-on heads.

If you must buy Oral-B brand at least buy a model that includes sonic.
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: March 24, 2021 08:35PM
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I have an Oral-B Pro 1000.

I don't see how spending any more money would get you something better.

We bought the same one when it was on sale on amazon. No bells or whistles. Just a gentle vibration when two minutes are up. Works perfectly and got three for the price of a "fancy" one.



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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 25, 2021 12:11AM
Ive got one of those $6 oral B with AA battery, heads are $6 for 2. battery goes for months, heads last for 3. easy.





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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: March 25, 2021 12:13AM
Thanks everyone for opinions.

I do "get" that some people really seem to like Sonicare over Oral-B, but I'm also noticing that the Sonicares tend to run higher than Oral-B. I'm also noticing that Oral-B is having a pretty steep sale on their website for various models, so I might go with one of those. Lastly, I'd actually forgotten that I've got a hygienist appointment this coming Tuesday, so I may ask her when I see her.




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Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 25, 2021 01:09AM
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jdc
Ive got one of those $6 oral B with AA battery, heads are $6 for 2. battery goes for months, heads last for 3. easy.

I have one of those as well, but I don't brush my teeth with it. I use it for house cleaning. Dip it into some Comet, and use it it to clean in hard to get to places.
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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 25, 2021 06:49AM
....don't go without good oral.............hygiene.......



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Re: My Oral-B electric toothbrushes giving up the ghost, what to get as replacement?
Posted by: d4
Date: March 25, 2021 08:03AM
Had a Gen1 Sonicare when it first came out 20 years ago with the PITA screw-on brushhead. When it died after 10 years I switched to Oral-B. Just recently switched back to a modern Sonicare with the click-on brushhead. So having experience with both brands over 20 years, I think I'm qualified to say that Sonicare is my preferred brand.







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