So, you’ve finally decided to get your oral health sorted out. Great! It’s been a long time coming.
We tend to take oral care for granted, because we believe that it really isn’t that important enough, but the reality is that it really is.
It’s easier now to take care of your teeth more than ever; this is in no small part attributed to the proliferation of electric toothbrushes that maximize cleaning, specially formulated mouthwash that kills bacteria, and the cessation of millions of tobacco smokers after a worldwide campaign against smoking.
That being said, all oral care begins from the basic tool we use to clean our teeth everyday: the toothbrush. And in the realm of electric toothbrushes, two competitors battle it out like giants among everybody else: Philips and Oral-B. It’s a battle between the best toothbrushes in the market today
Their flagship models, the Sonicare Diamondclean and the SmartSeries line, respectively, are two of the best choices for electric toothbrushes out in the market today. We put them side to side to help you make a decision on which one you should purchase. How are first timers expected to choose between so similarly priced and matched electric toothbrushes? Well, that’s where we come in.
The Meat of the Matter with the Sonicare: Brushing Modes
The main difference for Philips Sonicare toothbrushes is that for each time they upgrade their product range, so do the brushing modes. This may be a point of contention for those who already prefer or know the brushing mode that works for them. The best Sonicare brushes for my money in terms of function rather than unnecessary bells and whistles are the Essence, Series 2, and Series 3 models. They work a dream (31,000 brush strokes per minute) at a lower price point than what people think they have to spend to enjoy its benefits. If you want the absolute best you should go for the Diamondclean, but the ones I just mentioned are just as good as any high-end model, regardless of manufacturer.
Competitor Brush Style
Oral-B toothbrushes rotate; if you plan to buy one, make sure to read the instructions carefully because you actually need to learn how to use them. That is, you will have to move the brush differently than you would a manual toothbrush that you’ve been brushing with all your life. Sonicare models, on the other hand, vibrate; apart from that, you don’t have to change anything in the way you brush your teeth. Furthermore, you may find that the Oral-B’s brushing capability too much especially when brushing around your gums – a pain for those suffering from gingivitis. What SmartSeries brushes like the 5000 and 7000 models have going for them is that they are better suited to fit hands of all shapes and sizes, due to their sleek designs.
The Bottom Line
It’s not a matter of the higher price that sets the benchmark for electric toothbrush quality; it’s the function. Many will get by with earlier Oral-B SmartSeries and Philips Sonicare models, which go around $70-90 in retail – all you’ll ever probably need to replace are the brush heads which are easy to find anyway. Alternatively, if you prefer using top-of-the-line models such as the Philips Diamondclean, make sure to use them for a long time before replacing them; this way you’ll know from experience which one is better for you.
If you still need further guidance on what suits your individual situation best, you can go to Toothbrush Best for the latest.