Oral B vs Sonicare: Which is the Best Electric Toothbrush?

 Oral B vs Sonicare

Oral B vs Sonicare?  The debate rages on, over whether he Oral-B
or Sonicare Flexcare is the best electric toothbrush.

Good oral hygiene is not only the key to having healthy teeth and gums, using an electric toothbrush is a good tool to help you prevent diseases as well.  Dentists usually recommend an electric toothbrush to their patients, since this is better than a manual toothbrush.

This article  gives you a side-by-side comparison of Oral B vs Sonicare electric toothbrushes.


Sonic Toothbrush or Oscillating-Rotating Toothbrush, Which is Better?



Your two choices for an electric toothbrush is either a Sonic Toothbrush or Oscillating-Rotating Toothbrush.


What is a Sonic Toothbrush

Sonicare Fexcare

A sonic toothbrush is a type of electric toothbrush that vibrates at a  up to as many as 16,000 strokes per minute, to vibrate the toothbrush head.  It sweeps from side to side to remove food, plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums.

As you brush your teeth, the vibrating head helps to remove more plaque and food particles from your teeth than you can do with a manual toothbrush.

Brushing too hard with a manual toothbrush can remove the veneer from your teeth.  This is the protective layer that keeps your teeth white, and prevents the formation of cavities.

A sonic toothbrush is more gentle on your teeth, and protects the veneer on your teeth.


How Does an Oscillating-Rotating Toothbrush Work?

Oral-B 5000

The Oscillating-Rotating electric toothbrush has a head that spins first in a clock-wise rotating manner, and then oscillates.  This means it spins in a counter-clockwise direction, to clean your teeth and gums.  This type of electric toothbrush even gets under your gum line.

This type of oscillating electric toothbrush removes trapped food particles that can lead to gingivitis (bleeding and swollen gums), bad breath and cavities.

The head fully covers the tooth, to both remove plaque and food particles on top of the tooth, but also gets in between your teeth to remove trapped food particles, tartar and plaque.

In between teeth is where many cavities begin, and the Oral B electric toothbrush is superior at removing food from these hidden crevices.


Why Use an Electric Toothbrush ?


Why use an electric toothbrush


8 reasons To Use an Electric Toothbrush


  • With a manual toothbrush people tend to brush their teeth too hard, don’t brush properly or don’t brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes.
  • Brushing too hard with a manual toothbrush can brush away the veneer, that is critical to protect your teeth from cavities and keeping them shiny white, and once the veneer is gone, it doesn’t come back.
  • You can brush away gum, if you brush too hard.  Over time you will have less gum keeping your teeth in your mouth, cold or hot food can more easily irritate the root and nerves causing pain.
  • Gaps between your teeth can allow bacteria to enter your body through your mouth, leading to other health problems.
  • Once the veneer or gum has been brushed away it is gone for good.
  • An electric toothbrush senses when you are brushing too hard, and prompts you to use less force and pressure.
  • Dentists report most people only brush their teeth for 30 seconds to one minute with a manual toothbrush, and electric toothbrushes have a time to ensure you brush for 2 minutes.
  • Improper brushing allows germs and bacteria to grow in your mouth, which can lead to a build up of tartar, plaque and bacteria on your teeth and gums, and can result in gingivitis,cavities, bad breath and tooth loss.



Why Good Oral Health can Save your Life?

Oral B Deep Cleaning

Dr. Mercola, a leading natural health care advocate reported that poor oral hygiene can lead to a 70% increase in the chances of developing heart disease.  Good oral health even prevent other health related issues, such as  Type 2 Diabetes and possibly even Alzheimer’s Disease.

This is the result of harmful bacteria in the mouth.  It can enter the blood stream through tiny gaps between teeth and gums, or bleeding gums from gingivitis. Brushing too hard is a common problem.

Once in your body, the bacteria settles on the walls of your arteries, and can lead to plaque build up can eventually cause heart disease or diabetes.


Studies have shown that using an electric toothbrush for two minutes is far superior to using a manual toothbrush.  Since an electric toothbrush is more gentle on your teeth and gums, and the timer ensures you are brushing for two minutes.

The Oral B 5000 and Sonicare Flexcare have sensors that detect and warn you that you are brushing too hard.  If your dentist complains that you are brushing your teeth too hard, and you’re trying to remember to brush softer, or to angle your manual toothbrush differently is too complicated, then you definitely should look at replacing your outdated manual toothbrush with a dentist recommended electric toothbrush.


Philips Sonicare Flexcare

Sonicare Flexcare

In the debate over Oral B vs Sonicare, The Sonicare Flexcare Electric Toothbrush, which is available at Amazon.com is the #1 recommended rechargeable electric toothbrush by dentists, hygienists and dental professionals.

Featuring a new innovative technology, this Sonic toothbrush removes more plaque more easily than many other electric toothbrushes.

The new ProResults toothbrush head moves in broad sweeping motions with contour fit bristles to help increase tooth cleaning coverage to properly remove plaque and bacteria.

The Philips Sonicare Flexcare toothbrush creates a high speed bristle motion that allows a powerful, but gentle dynamic cleaning action, ensuring a deep clean between teeth and along the gum

The integrated ultraviolet (UV) Sanitizer of this sonic toothbrush removes up to 99 percent of bacteria* on your toothbrush.  This is an important health fact, since bacteria not only leads to cavities and gingivitis, but it can enter the blood stream through bleeding gums, and lead to health issues, such as heart disease.


  • Dentist Recommended Soft Electric Toothbrush
  • Vibrating Head Removes up to 90% of plaque from teeth
  • The integrated ultraviolet (UV) Sanitizer removes up to 99 percent of bacteria*
  • The 2-minute timer helps ensure you ensure  good oral hygiene with the dentist-recommended 2 minute brushing time, since most people spend 20 – 30 seconds on average brushing teeth.
  • To ensure best performance of your Sonicare Flexcare, this electric toothbrush monitors battery life and signals when to recharge.
  • Compact charger saves space in luggage, so you can enjoy your FlexCare toothbrush while traveling.
  • Improvements include a  30 percent smaller and lighter design and an 80 percent reduction in vibration (compared to Sonicare Elite).


Three Settings for Best Teeth Cleaning

Sonicare Flexcare offers Three cleaning modes:


Sonicare Flexcare cleaning modes

  • Clean – for maximum cleaning efficacy
  • Sensitive – for those with sensitive teeth and gums
  • Massage – to stimulate gums with a invigorating and pulsing motion


Sonicare FlexCare  offers Two Teeth Cleaning Routines:

Routine 1 – MaxCare – which delivers a 3-minute thorough and  full-mouth brushing

Rouitine 2 – GoCare – for a quick 1-minute clean between regular brushings to remove build up of plaque and particles in teeth.




Two Year Warranty

While many electric toothbrushes today offer a paltry 90 day warranty, Sonicare offers a 2-year Limited Warranty for the Sonicare electric toothbrush.  For optimal results, replace your electric tooth brush head at least every three months.



Oral B 5000 Electric Toothbrush

Oral B 5000

The Oral B 5000 has remained the most popular oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush from Oral B, and is recommended by many dentists, since the cleaning action is similar to the cleaning tool used by dentists..

Five Cleaning Settings

The Oral B 5000 has 5 customized brushing modes:

  1. Daily Clean
  2. Sensitive
  3. Whitening
  4. Massage
  5. Deep Clean


Here are a few of the benefits of the Oral- B 5000 Electric Toothbrush:


  • The Oral-B 5000 is the #1 dentist-recommended electric toothbrush brand by most dentsists.
  • The Deep Clean mode removes up to 99.7% of plaque from hard to reach areas, with 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.
  • The Oral B 5000 prevents Periodontal Disease and gum disease, which can lead to other health issues if not addressed.
  • You get 5 cleaning modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, and Deep Clean.
  • The Oral B 5000 includes a  professional two-minute timer with 30-second intervals that helps guide you through the four quadrants of your mouth, making it easy to track how long you’ve been brushing.  The timer also works as a digital alarm clock.
  • Separate, wireless SmartGuide helps maximize brushing performance.
  • Gentle on teeth and gums, due to Pressure sensor.  This stops pulsations when brushing too hard to prevent injury to gums or removal of tooth enamel.
  • Improves gum health better than Sonicare FlexCare
  • Outstanding whitening and polishing in 3 weeks.
  • Floss action technology for superior overall clean.
  • Contains charger base with battery level, which is also your travel base.



14 Day Battery Life

With normal daily use, the battery is estimated to last 2 weeks between charges.  This may be different if you brush your teeth multiple times per day.


Two Year Warranty

The Oral B 5000 comes with  a limited  2-year Warranty.  For optimal results, replace your electric tooth brush head at least every three months.


In Closing

The Oral B 5000 and Sonicare Flexcare are the two most popular electric toothbrushes on the market today.

There are unique similarities and differences between these two popular oral care devices.  The real difference is whether you prefer a sonic toothbrush or a rotating/oscillating electric toothbrush for your oral care.


If you found this electric toothbrush review of the Oral B vs Sonicare electric toohbrushes helpful, please leave a question or comment with your feedback at the bottom of the review, as we respond to all comments and questions.






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Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men's health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com


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  8. Ken 05/08/2014 at 12:49 pm -

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    Thanks for the nice comment about my Oral B vs Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Review.

  9. Ken 03/05/2014 at 7:27 am -

    Hi Chris, thanks for your reply. I would suggest buying another one, and maybe an Oral B electric toothbrush as well. First see if the new Sonicare stops with when the same amount of pressure is applied, and then try the Oral B to see of this one works better. Good luck and hope this helps, Ken

  10. Christopher Walker 03/01/2014 at 3:02 am -

    Nice review. I have a Philips Sonicare. I know that the toothbrush should stop when too much pressure is applied, but it just seems that my toothbrush is too sensitive in this regard. I feel that I am only tickling the teeth, and the slightest pressure causes the toothbrush to stop. I think there might be something wrong with my toothbrush. Is there some way of assessing how much pressure should be applied in order to cause the toothbrush to stop? I have tried pressing it on some simple digital kitchen scales but I can’t tell if the brushing has stopped as the motor keeps going!

  11. Ken 03/08/2013 at 11:47 am -

    Thanks for the comment.

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  13. Ken 04/27/2012 at 12:34 pm -

    Some good points here, since many kids do not brush their teeth very well, and end up with many cavities.

  14. Ken 04/07/2012 at 5:43 pm -

    Thank you

  15. Ken 03/29/2012 at 10:29 am -

    Hi Amy, thanks for the message. An electric toothbrush is great for people who juice, since the acid content in the juice is higher for fresh squeezed juice. This acid can eat through the enamel on your teeth if you don’t brush regularly. An Oral B or Sonicare electric toothbrush will also alert you if you brush too hard, which is my problem.

  16. Ken 01/05/2012 at 12:02 am -

    Thanks for the comment.