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Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 01, 2021 10:49PM
OP here: [forums.macresource.com]

... asked my hygienist what she thought, she likes Sonicare better than Oral-B, but she claimed it was mostly because she thought the brush head for the Sonicare was smaller than Oral-B (?), and therefore easier to get back teeth. One thing she did say that surprised me a bit, was that when I brought up the idea of a water flosser -- she pointed out that a lot of people are under the misconception that using a water flosser meant that you wouldn't still have to do regular flossing. She also pointed out that in my particular situation, since I'm probably an over-brusher, I need to be really careful with the brush head (especially on my canines, which have a lot of recession).

So... kind of still bouncing back and forth between the two brands. I do have a bunch of the brush heads left over for the Oral-B, but I know that a number here like Sonicare better. Here are the two best options I'm seeing:

1) Found what looks like a great deal on Oral-B's at Slickdeals, TWO Oral-B's for $90, after coupon, or possibly even $80 if add a filler item, like a brush head: [oralb.com] ... the advantage I've found of having two handles is that you can recharge one while using the other, thereby always having one ready to go, and maximizing lifespan of both.

2) If I went with Sonicare, I think I'd probably be looking at this model: [www.amazon.com]

... what say you all?

Edit: oh, and a great compliment from my hygienist-- who is new to me, since I hadn't been to the dentist in over a year because of corona: "I can see that you take good care of your teeth." The problem in my case appears not to be hygiene, so much as crappy gum/teeth genetics.




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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 01, 2021 11:37PM
You should really keep the charger near where you brush. The brushes will last a number of years, enough for time to reduce battery usefulness.

Maybe have a second to keep at your girlfriend’s place. :-)



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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 01, 2021 11:40PM
My Hygenist has a STRONG preference for the Oral-B electric toothbrushes and has for years.
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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 01, 2021 11:52PM
Call me cheap, but have a hard time seeing how a $90 brush is better than a $6 one -- the action looks nearly identical?





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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: Michael
Date: April 02, 2021 05:05AM
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Call me cheap, but have a hard time seeing how a $90 brush is better than a $6 one -- the action looks nearly identical?

Yep. I always buy the cheapest rechargeable Oral-B that Walmart has. They run regular rebate deals that make them about $15-20. So whenever I buy a new one I keep my eyes open for their next deal. I have 2 in storage that I paid a net $15 each for, one for me and one for my wife. Right now Walmart (and Amazon) have an Oral-B Vitality for $20.
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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 02, 2021 06:00AM
......most prefer getting the.....Oral......



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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: vicrock
Date: April 02, 2021 07:54AM
My hygenist has a strong preference for Sonicare - I got a set of 2 over 4 years ago and am still on the first one. Battery life is down some, I now have to recharge once a week. I have been replacing the heads quarterly. I still have the second one unused It was on sale at Costco for about $80, so works out WAY cheaper than the "disposable".
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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 02, 2021 08:36AM
I myself also have a spare Oral-B Vitality ... that one, the battery is showing its age just as for my Oral-B Professionals. I can easily tell the difference between them though: the Professional is a much more powerful toothbrush than the Vitality.

I'm almost tempted to get the Sonicare, to do a comparison ... I see that Amazon does allow returns, but returns on a used toothbrush...? Yuck, I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy a used toothbrush.




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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 02, 2021 09:11AM
I’ve bought OralB Pro on eBay for maybe $35.
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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 02, 2021 11:51AM
Oral-B says that that you need to completely discharge the battery from time to time to extend its life.

We all know this already.
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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 02, 2021 11:55AM
we have a very old Oral B Pulsonic 3715.
Hygienist rec'd too.



!#$@@$#!

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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 02, 2021 12:43PM
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freeradical
Oral-B says that that you need to completely discharge the battery from time to time to extend its life.

We all know this already.

Oh yeah. I actually always do this, let the battery run down completely and then recharge. I would say that it definitely has helped: my current Oral-B's (which are now finally dying) are probably at least about 10-15 years old now.




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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: Spiff
Date: April 02, 2021 01:19PM
Interesting. I've had my oral B professional 9000 since, probably 2002. It is finally dying an agonizingly slow death. I have never discharged it to empty. I have always kept it on the charger ring. It now barely lasts 1 day without sitting on the ring. I'd say that's pretty good for 18 years. No! 19 years!

I'm looking at another OralB. I have found that the round head of the OralB does an awesome job of getting at my back molars and beyond. I got all my teeth, too. Nothing pulled.



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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 02, 2021 04:21PM
I started out on oral b and switched to sonicare and was hoping the hygienist would sing the praises of sonicare and nothing changed for me. ymmv
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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 02, 2021 06:47PM
I use BOTH.

Oral B: easier too reach in the back, seems to clean better between the teeth. 3 soft heads are around $18 on Amazon. I have an older model,

Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Floss Action Precision 5000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush 1 Count

[www.amazon.com]

but very strange, that URL leads to a different product. The title seems correct though, the image and description are for some teeth withering device. Strange.

Sonicare: you need to get used to the vibrations, wife didn't like it. It seems to lean just as good or even better on the outside surfaces of the teeth, I have doubts about how well it cleans between the teeth. Also not as easy to reach in the back.

Brush heads are EXPENSIVE. Almost 2x as much as Oral B.

[www.amazon.com]

The main advantage of Sonicare over Oral B is that the charger has a cover shape and water drains out. Oral B has a major design flaw: the charger has a concave shape, water stays there and you get water stains or even mold in the charger base.



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Re: Followup to Oral-B toothbrushes failing, what to get
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 02, 2021 08:09PM
....good.....oral....?????



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OK guys, I pulled the trigger...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 02, 2021 08:53PM
... on that Oral-B two-for-one deal. It just looked like a great deal: it works out to be nearly exactly the same amount of money I paid 10-15 years ago for the two Oral-B Professional brushes that I bought, and obviously those lasted quite a long time. Plus I still have a lot of the brush heads (and I added a package of two brush heads to my order, so as to get the $20 discount). I really like having two brushes because it means I always have one charged, ready to go, and each brush is getting less use.




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