Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Oral-B Deep Sweep electric toothbrush

Note: This blog posts contains Amazon Affiliate links

I recently won an Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep + Smart Guide Triaction 5000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush (affiiliate link) in a contest from the Prime Beauty Blog.  I thought I would provide a review here in case anyone is thinking of buying a similar item.  This is a completely unsolicited review and I am giving my honest opinion about the pros and cons.

I was really happy to win the toothbrush. We have a small bathroom without a lot of counter space, so I was reluctant to buy something that was going to require charging, but winning one meant I could try it for free and see if it was worth the space it took up.

I had been thinking about getting my teeth professionally whitened. My teeth are very healthy, but I am a coffee drinker and I had some light staining, and there is a scratch on my front tooth that tended to get darker than the rest of the tooth, which I really didn't like.  I had just gone to the dentist for my yearly checkup and polish and had asked about the cost of whitening there. It was about $100.  I said I would think about it.  My dentist recommended Rembrandt Deeply White Whitening Toothpaste (affiliate link) as something that might help in the meantime.  I also was already using Crest 3d White Rinse (affiliate link), which had at least taken care of the darker line on my tooth. The toothpaste helped, I had been using a different whitening toothpaste but this one seemed to do a better job.

Then my package arrived with the new toothbrush, with one brush head. Oddly enough, the day it arrived, my husband came back from his dentist appointment saying that they told him he needed to do a better job of brushing his back teeth, and he was going to have to go back in 6 months.  I bought some extra toothbrush heads (affiliate link) so he could try it too. I figured that the electric brush would probably do a better job on the back teeth.

This is what the package looks like. As you can see, I also won a toothpaste, which I tried, but it was just toothpaste. I didn't think it did as good a job of whitening as the Rembrandt, so I put it in the cupboard for those times when we run out of toothpaste and need something in a pinch.

There are a lot of reasons to like this toothbrush. For one thing, it has a guide that prompts me to brush for two full minutes, which is a lot longer than I would normally brush my teeth. I still have my manual toothbrush for those days when I don't want to spend two full minutes brushing (plus a couple more minutes cleaning up, more on that later). I tend to brush my teeth at least two or three times a day, so I use the electric toothbrush for one of those sessions and the manual toothbrush for the other times. One unexpected bonus of the guide is that it is a digital clock when the toothbrush is not in use. I never realized how handy it would be to have a clock in the bathroom, but when I am getting ready for an event I now know how much time I have before I need to leave. It does take up counter space, though it is also wall-mountable (basically, it comes with a big piece of tape to stick it to the wall).

It has a pressure guide, too, which flashes a red light when it senses that I am pressing too hard when brushing.  I have been told by the dentist that I do this, and that my gums have receded in certain spots because I have been overdoing it. I always buy extra-soft toothbrushes to compensate, but it's better not to attack my teeth in the first place.

My dentist has told me that he can tell I am left-handed, because there is a spot I tend to miss when turning the toothbrush around. Most people do this, apparently. Because the toothbrush is doing the work of brushing for me, I do a better job with all my teeth. I notice that it's easier to clean the back teeth, too. It's hard to get a good brushing motion back there with a manual toothbrush. I'm hoping my husband will get rave reviews at the next dentist's appointment if he keeps using the electric toothbrush.

Between the better brushing action and the new toothpaste, my teeth feel just like they have come from a cleaning at the dentist's office after I brush my teeth. I am very happy with the results. My teeth are much whiter and I am no longer thinking about professional whitening.  This means that even if I had paid for the toothbrush myself, it would have been worth the cost.

Now for the cons. I am not sure that, if I were buying an electric toothbrush myself, that this would be the one that I would choose. The brush has a sort of "pause" button on it, but it isn't a long enough pause for me to take the toothbrush out of my mouth and spit. It starts back up after maybe two seconds, spraying toothpaste all over the bathroom and me.  I would like it to pause until I pressed it a second time. I could turn the toothbrush on and off, but that would make the brush time guide worthless. What I thought was the pause button actually changes the brushing setting. Turning the toothbrush off does not reset the timer.  The toothbrush has a tendency to spray toothpaste all over the bathroom and me if I'm not careful with it. This seems to be a side effect of the "Deep Sweep" motion, which is supposed to simulate the brushing motion of a manual toothbrush. However, I think there is no reason that an electric toothbrush needs to simulate this motion. I'm not sure that a rotating head would make less of a mess, but I am going to try the Precision Clean (affiliate link) brush heads next time to see.  I think an electric toothbrush should simulate a dentist's tool, and the brushes that they use rotate.  It is nice that there are a variety of choices for this same toothbrush base.  There are 8 different brush heads that will work with the Deep Sweep.

Finally, if I were buying an electric toothbrush, I probably wouldn't have needed all the features that come with this one.  I don't change the setting on the brush from its default, so the Deep Sweep 1000 (affiliate link), which is 1/3 the price, might have been enough for me. It doesn't have the brush-time guide/clock, though.  The 5000 also comes with a nice case to store extra brush heads, which may not be part of the base setup on the 1000.

Overall, I am thinking that winning this prize saved me quite a bit of money, made my teeth look much better, and may help both my husband and I keep our teeth cleaner and avoid expensive dental work.  Thanks, Prime Beauty!  If you have not checked out this blog yet, it's a great resource on beauty and health for women over 40 with lots of great product reviews and giveaways.


  1. I'm going to check out the blog Prime Beauty. The toothbrush sounds very interesting too. Have a great weekend.

  2. Dentist just had my husband get a water pic, can't remember why. Kids all passed one around at various stages of braces. That one lasted a long time, but is now gone. Husband got new one.

    Don't you go to dentist every 6 mos? We all do, always have.

    Crest Pro Health turns my husband's teeth orange. Dentist said he is not the only one this has happened to. But it does not happen to everyone. It is something chemical about different bodies I think.

    I need a 1minute timer for bathroom, I realized after reading your post. So I can brush for one minute some times, two others.

    When the kids were little, we had a sand/hour glass timer in the bathroom for them. I am going to hunt for those for all of us for Xmas stockings this year.

    Last year I got everyone hemostats, which are very, very handy.

    1. I go to the dentist every 6 months but my husband is not as diligent about that, even though most of it is covered by our insurance.

      I had to look up hemostats. What do you do with them?

  3. My husband's father was an orthopedic surgeon. His mom was a nurse, so was my mom. So, we both grew up with weird medical things around the house. Hemostat can fit in a small space and then grab something very effectively. The grip LOCKS, so it is not the same as using a pair of needle nose pliers nor long tweezers. It holds. So, we have used them in sewing or bead work. I have pulled things out of drains and tight places. Just one of those things that once you are used to them, can't quite do without them.

    I have made a conscious effort to buy my kids very practical things that they will have forever. And I do not give food. So xmas stockings have had very unusual contents for the last several years.


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