Did you know that brushing your teeth too hard can damage your tooth enamel? Some people don’t brush long enough and overcompensate by brushing their teeth with brute force. This Oral-B Pro 5000 review should help you see how brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush can help make your teeth look and feel healthy (without having to use brute force).
Things to Consider Before Buying an Oral-B Pro 5000
Type of Brush Head
Before buying the Oral-B Pro 5000, you should consider what other features you want in an electric toothbrush. Considering what type of brush head you need is the most important step. If your mouth is small, you might want a toothbrush with a compact head. Some adults even prefer to get the youth size or child-sized brushes.
If you’re prone to using a lot of pressure (like me), you might prefer a brush head with softer bristles. The Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush comes standard with the CrossAction brush head. Fortunately, you’re not limited to only using this brush head. The toothbrush handle is compatible with all the Oral-B brush heads. You can replace the CrossAction brush head with the Oral-B sensitive electric toothbrush head for a gentler cleaning.
If you’re like me, you’re used to looking at your smartphone to see how many steps you walked every day. The thought of looking at your smartphone to see how you’re brushing your teeth may not seem so strange then. You also have to consider that dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes (twice a day). And this recommendation includes 30 seconds per quadrant of your mouth (your mouth consists of 4 quadrants).
The Oral-B bluetooth App helps with tracking how much (or how less) you are brushing each part of your mouth. This helps you focus on troubled parts of your teeth and save yourself a dental visit down the road.
Oral-B Pro 5000 Review
- 5 different cleaning modes (daily clean, gum care, sensitive, whitening, and deep clean)
- Comfortable grip that makes it easy to hang on to
- Built in timed brushing system
- Pressure sensor that visually alerts you if you are brushing too hard
- Bluetooth technology syncs with app and is motivational for users
- Compatible with a variety of brushing heads
- It comes with a travel case
- Accepted by the American Dental Association
- Battery life is only 11 days (low compared to competitors’ similar models)
- Does not automatically shut off when the cycle completes
- Would be nice if they included an extra brush head for this price point
- Many users report that this electric brush is very loud
- Users stated that the LED lights are very bright and distracting when charging at night
- It only comes in one color-white.
- The battery indicator light does not display a percentage.
The Oral-B Pro 5000 electric toothbrush removes more plaque from teeth and gums than a regular manual toothbrush. The toothbrush features 5 cleaning modes consisting of daily clean, deep clean, gum care, sensitive, and whitening. A timer signals when you’ve finished brushing for two minutes. Bluetooth communication allows the brush to connect with your smartphone
Like other Oral-B electric toothbrushes, it has rotating, oscillating, or pulsating brush heads. The Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush has taken this a step farther by combining all three of these technologies. The Oral-B Pro 5000 is also up to 100 percent more effective at cleaning the plaque from your gum line than a regular manual toothbrush.
Features and Benefits of the Oral-B Pro 5000
100% More plaque removal
The Oral-B Pro 5000 is up to 100 percent more effective at cleaning the plaque from your gum line than a regular manual toothbrush. Less plaque means fewer cavities and a healthier mouth.
FlossAction Brush Head
The FlossAction brush head comes standard with the Oral-B Pro 5000. It gets its power to remove the plaque from an internal motor. The pressure sensor in the brush lets you know whether you are brushing too hard.
2 Minute Timer
This electric toothbrush comes equipped with a 2 minute timer (the recommend brushing time by dentists). It also has a 30 second quadrant timer to let you know when to switch areas of your mouth.
Visible Pressure Sensor
The Oral-B Pro 5000 also has a visible pressure sensor. This visually alerts users when they apply too much pressure while brushing. This not only extends the life of your toothbrush head, but it’s also less harsh on your enamel and gums.
Brush Head Compatibility
The other brush heads offered by Oral-B are the cross action, Pro white/3D white, sensitive, precision clean, and deep sweep. They are all interchangeable with the FlossAction brush head.
5 Cleaning Modes
The toothbrush has five cleaning modes to leave your teeth with a superior clean feeling. The five modes are daily clean, deep clean, gum care, sensitive, and whitening.
The daily clean mode is the normal cleaning mode. It works with the CrossAction brush head. This provides the oscillating, rotating, and pulsating cleaning technology. In this mode, you can count on your teeth to be clean and free of plaque.
The speed is lower on the gum care mode, so it puts out less power through the brush head. With the provided CrossAction brush head, it cleans the teeth and massages the gums. This stimulates blood flow and assists in reducing the sensitivity in the gums when brushing.
This is a soft and gentle cleaning mode. It works to remove bacteria and plaque from sensitive areas of the mouth. It does not use as much pressure but does a thorough job of cleaning the teeth and gums.
A mode designed to offer a polished effect on the teeth, as if you were at the dentist office. The whitening mode works well for everyday use. Ideally, you can use it with a Pro White/3D White brush head to make the teeth look whiter and shine brighter.
The deep clean mode is an extended version of the daily clean mode. Instead of having 30-second intervals, deep clean gives 45 seconds. This adds a total time of three minutes to your brushing setting.
The Oral-B Pro 5000 senses when you brush too hard with pressure sensor alert. Every thirty seconds, the timer in the handle pulses to let you know when to switch to a different area of the mouth.
Refill Head Storage
The storage compartment holds up to four heads, but only one comes with the brush. It’s nice to have the extra storage for when you buy extra brush heads.
The travel case comes in handy for those who travel frequently. In addition to the Oral-B Pro 5000 brush handle, the case will hold up to two brush heads.
The Bluetooth App is easy to connect. You connect the brush handle to your phone the same way you would pair any other bluetooth device.
The Oral-B app can also set reminders such as when to use mouthwash and floss. This helps motivate users to do a thorough oral cleaning each day without having to stress about it.
With information downloaded via the Oral-B app, you can see which areas you are brushing. This allows you to put more focus on lesser brushed parts of your mouth. This information can help you make adjustments to ensure a healthier mouth.
Using the applications in the Oral-B app, you can chart and track your brushing habits over time. The app can store the information for up to six months. That’s about 20 cleanings. The app updates the information each time you connect it to your smartphone. Great for users who want to track their oral hygiene with actual data.
This toothbrush is water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about it getting wet. Like any other toothbrush, you can rinse it off or use it to brush your teeth while in the shower. Although it may be safe to use in the shower, you may want to limit prolonged exposure or submersion.
The two-year warranty gives you a peace of mind knowing that if anything happens, your toothbrush is protected. The warranty does not cover user damage.
Accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA)
Oral-B is the first brand of electric toothbrushes that has been accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA). When the ADA places their label on a product, it means that product has passed a strict set of tests.
Worldwide #1 Dentist Used Toothbrush Brand
The Oral-B toothbrush is the number one dentist used toothbrush brand, worldwide. Oral-B is proud to be recognized as the number one brand that dentists recommend to their patients.
The Oral-B Pro 5000 is a great mid-tier electric toothbrush (especially at the current price point and features offered). So if you’re looking to upgrade from your basic electric toothbrush, but not spend a fortune, this is a good option. It’s also a great option for first time electric toothbrush buyers.
But that’s just my opinion. This is why we conducted a thorough online search to see what other users were saying about the Oral-B Pro 5000. Obviously not everyone was happy (which is normal), but an overwhelming majority of the comments were positive. We found hundreds of very positive reviews. Typical of the things people were saying in comments were:
Alternatives to the Oral-B 5000
The Sonicare delivers 31,000 brush strokes per minute. You can enjoy up to three weeks of brushing on a single charge. Not having to worry about recharging the battery is convenient when traveling. It also comes with a deluxe travel case and can be used anywhere in the world due to its voltage.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative to the Oral-B 5000, you should consider the Oral-B Pro 1000. This is slightly better than an entry-level electric toothbrush without all the bells and whistles that come with the Oral-B 5000. But it’s still an Oral-B product. This means its effective and compatible with other Oral-B replacement brush heads.
The main feature difference between the Oral-B 5000 and this is that the Oral-B 7000 has six cleaning modes. They are gum care, deep clean, daily clean, sensitive, whitening, and Tongue Cleaner. This more expensive unit does come with a premium travel case and 3 extra replacement brush heads. Though this unit is more expensive than the Oral-B Pro 5000, the extra accessories do justify the extra cost.