I am like most women I know when it comes to making the health care decisions in the family: everyone looks to me. My husband always says it’s because I am the one with the healthcare degree but I think that’s just an excuse. So, anything related to health (including dental care) immediately becomes a “pink task” and is lobbed into my proverbial court. When Dad Central asked my husband to review Oral B’s new toothbrush, he asked me to give it a try (since I am the one with all of the dental health problems in the family.)
It just so happened, when the box arrived, that I had just seen my buddy, the dentist for a cleaning and <gasp> a new filling. When I I told him about the Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 trial, he was enthusiastic for me to try it because it would definitely keep me on the right track to exceptional oral health and leave me with the feeling of having a professional cleaning every day. He even suggested that K, my daughter, brush our teeth together so we could take advantage of the fun timer.
So I raced home and immediately opened the package to discover what was inside. My first thought? This toothbrush and “gadgetry” is really overwhelming! There, laying in a beautifully packaged box was the new Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide. I zoned in on the SmartGuide because it was digitally smiling (yes, smiling) at me as if I did something right by opening the box.
First, this is not your mother’s electric or power toothbrush. The Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 has all of the accouterments needed to maintain exceptional oral health. It has multiple brush heads and a “state of the art ergonomic design.” It has a really funky portable charger, travel toothbrush case, charging station, SmartGuide, and a rechargeable battery so it’s pretty easy with which to travel. Still, I am not so convinced that I will take all of it to Africa with me this summer, despite its portability.
I have to admit that I was a bit overwhelmed with the huge and extremely detailed manual that accompanies my new oral care “friend.” Perhaps because I am truly a “Type A” personality, I sort of skimmed the manual and focused in on the highlights like the wireless SmartGuide which keeps you brushing for the mandatory 2 minutes by displaying a timer and a guide to help you brush the different quadrants of your mouth effectively. Like most electric toothbrushes every 30 seconds you will feel a pulse indicating that you are supposed to change quadrants of your mouth. But what we (K and I) really enjoyed was testing how the SmartGuide changed if I altered the pressure that I was applying to the brush. If I pressed too hard, a “frowney” face would appear on the guide as a reminder to lighten up on the pressure. And, when we finished brushing the 4 quadrants, the SmartGuide displayed a smiley face. Yes, that type of positive reinforcement does impact my willingness to hang in there for the full 2 minutes of brushing.
Some other reasons for my newly acquired love of a toothbrush?
1.) So easy to set up and break down. It took K and me two minutes to pull everything out of the box and start charging the toothbrush. After a few hours, we were raring to go.
2.) A variety of choices in brushing modes: the user can choose whether or not she wants a regular daily clean, a sensitive one, whitening, massage and deep clean. I have to admit, I stuck with the sensitive mode given my recent dental work. Now that I have recovered, I think I will opt for the deep clean and try to avoid future work at the dentist’s office.
3) An o overwhelming number of pulsations and oscillations per minute: 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute. My face cleaner doesn’t even oscillate that much!
4) You feel like your teeth really got clean! Yes, I still floss and rinse with mouthwash but at least when I am done committing the 2 minutes morning and night, I feel like I accomplished something!
5) Despite the fact that I am not taking my new tooth brush to Africa with me, it is made for traveling. The travel case is cool (so my room mates at the different conferences I attend won’t be able to make nasty comments about my toothbrush) and it has a great (and compact) portable charger.
Thanks to my husband and to Dad Central, K and my teeth are cleaner than ever. I have benefited from the whole Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 package, my teeth and gums are healthier than ever and she has fallen in love with the SmartGuide and can’t wait to use it with me.
Are you interested in trying the Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000? Oral-B is offering a $10 mail-in rebate on select power toothbrushes April 29th through June 16, 2012. Please visit OralB.com for more information)
Just A Quick Note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.