Those who have an interest in electric toothbrushes will no doubt come across the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush at some point. The Oral-B SmartSeries is an ever expanding range of high quality electric toothbrushes. If you shop about on websites such as Amazon, you can often bank some huge discounts.
With more than 10,000 ratings, averaging an impressive 4.7 out of five, we can’t wait to look at the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush in more detail. So, what can you expect, what will the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush do for you and your long-term dental hygiene?
What to expect when opening the box
You have ordered the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush and you are waiting for the delivery. If you have never used an electric toothbrush before, the excitement will be palpable. How will it work? Will it make a difference? Well, let’s take a look at what is inside the box when it arrives:-
- 1 x Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush
- 1 x Charging station
- 1 x Toothbrush head storage compartment
- 4 x Brush heads (crossaction, floss action, 3D white and sensitive)
- Wireless smart guide
- Travel case
You really do have a Pandora ’s Box of gifts, instructions and items to look at. We won’t keep you much longer, let’s now take a look at what this impressive electric toothbrush has to offer.
How good is this toothbrush at removing plaque?
Those who believe that a manual toothbrush is as good as an electric toothbrush have a lot to learn. The Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush uses the exclusive Oral-B 3D technology to remove plaque and excess food. What does this mean?
The toothbrush head oscillates, rotates and pulsates and has been proven to breakup, and releases up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. In reality, there is every chance it removes more than 100% additional plaque and excess food from your teeth. After all, we are talking about a device which rotates in excess of 8000 times a minute as opposed to around 600 times per minute for a manual toothbrush.
We know from feedback received on our website that those who switched from a manual toothbrush, to an electric toothbrush for the first time, see huge benefits. Interestingly, as we will cover in the next section, you only exert a fraction of the pressure you would with a manual toothbrush. This allows the 3D technology to come into play, reducing the amount of direct contact with your teeth and potential long-term damage.
Pressure sensor is vital
As seems to be the norm these days, the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush has a rear mounted pressure sensor which illuminates red when you are applying too much pressure. This is probably the major difference you will find the first time you use your electric toothbrush. You may be tentative with the pressure, you may overexert but the toothbrush will guide you to maximise dental hygiene results. It’s important to get the pressure “just right” to maximise the unique cleaning technology, allowing the crossaction brush heads to remove as much plaque as possible.
Interestingly, due to the fairly thin shape of the toothbrush head, it is far easier to reach the recesses of your mouth, where perhaps your manual toothbrush struggled. During your first couple of brushes with your Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush you will feel a different type of cleanliness, the release of actual plaque and excess food, especially in the back areas of your mouth.
For many people, the introduction of a pressure sensor and alarm system will make a huge difference to their dental hygiene. However, we are only just beginning to scrape the surface of this very impressive electric toothbrush.
The Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush has built-in artificial intelligence. This monitors your brushing technique and results, via a Bluetooth connection to the Oral-B app. Many people will be amazed to hear that this toothbrush will actually monitor areas you have brushed, areas you have missed and offer guidance and help to improve your technique. How good is that?
In a perfect world, we should all be spending 30 seconds on each of the four quadrants of our mouths. This then equates to the two-minute minimum brushing time advised by many dental experts. Hands up, how many of us really brushed for two minutes with our manual brushes?
At first glance, some people might think the Bluetooth connectivity, the position sensor and the pressure sensor are over the top. In reality, you will actually wonder why you have never made the switch before. This then prompts the question, why have electric toothbrushes and sonic toothbrushes not been more widely promoted?
Five brushing modes
Before you try the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush you are probably wondering why you need five brushing modes. Surely, if you are in control of the toothbrush head, then it is simply a switch on switch off process? Well, prepare to be astounded.
The five brushing modes on the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush are as follows:-
- Daily clean
- Pro clean
- Gum control
When you look at these different modes in isolation, they may all come in very useful at some point. Ultimately, those looking to buy an electric toothbrush look to improve the colour and the quality of their teeth. Hence, it is safe to say the whitening brushing mode will catch their attention. There will come a time in your life when you have sensitive teeth or perhaps you need a professional clean.
Then we have the gum control mode. Have you ever consciously brushed your gums? Can you see the benefit in keeping your gums as clean as possible? Well, this mode will ensure that any excess food and plaque just under your gum line can be removed. The buildup of plaque and excess food can bring on gum disease, which is painful in itself, but also impact the roots of your teeth.
So, next time you brush your teeth make sure you use the gum mode to improve your gum health.
Recharging the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush
Perhaps the only (slight) downside to the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush is the time it takes to recharge and how long each charge will last. It will take 24-hours to fully charge the toothbrush which equates to around 10 days of usage.
While this is a little less than many of the other leading electric toothbrushes, it is certainly not a huge disappointment. Indeed, perhaps we have been a little too critical because this is around the middle range. Maybe we are in a stage of electric toothbrush development when we are expecting too much?
The charger itself is relatively small, easy to pack away in the travel case and take with you on your travels. On average, it would take a 40 minute charge to enable you to carry out a full two-minute brush of your teeth. Not too bad.
Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush replacement brush heads
As indicated above, the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush is compatible with an array of Oral-B toothbrush heads. These include the crossaction, floss action, 3D white and sensitive tooth heads. Therefore, you will find a huge range of suppliers when you come to replace your brush heads.
You will also notice that the full package comes with a brush head storage compartment where you can store spare brush heads. It is an idea to monitor your toothbrush heads on a regular basis to ensure they are not overly worn. Replace the heads as soon as you see damage/wear or you are not getting the same level of results as earlier – you will know.
Improving your dental health and dental hygiene
When reviewing electric toothbrushes, such as the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush, there are a number of common factors which emerge. Many people are surprised at the relatively light pressure needed to get the best out of an electric toothbrush. Indeed, the potential dangers of overly pressurised brushing are demonstrated by the sensor control.
As soon as you are exerting too much pressure on your teeth, the warning light will shine. While not common knowledge, at the same time the power passed to your toothbrush heads will automatically be reduced. While very different to a manual toothbrush, you will very quickly learn the correct degree of pressure to exert.
When it comes to dental health and dental hygiene, the benefits of electric toothbrushes are there for all to see. You will see a huge increase in the level of plaque and excess food removed each time you brush. Indeed, after the first couple of brushes your teeth will feel very different because basically, they are much cleaner.
We also touched on the subject of gum health and hygiene, something which is often overlooked by many of us. The fact that this particular model has a gum care brushing mode says everything. Gum health and gum hygiene are perhaps as important as dental health and dental hygiene. Don’t forget them!
Extremely positive feedback
While reviewing different makes of electric toothbrush, we have come across some popular products. However, with in excess of 10,000 customer ratings, it is safe to say that the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush is up there in the higher echelons. When you consider the huge number of ratings, the average rating is a heady 4.7 out of five, customer feedback speaks volumes!
Some people believe that the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush could, and maybe should, have had a longer battery life. However, we often forget that we are comparing and contrasting dental health and dental hygiene for those who previously used a manual toothbrush. In many ways, electric toothbrushes and sonic toothbrushes are a victim of their own success.
Whether you are a first-time convert from a manual toothbrush, or perhaps you have had an electric toothbrush before, you will not be disappointed by the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 Electric Toothbrush.