Table of Contents
- Common Traits
- Oral B Cross Action Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B Floss Action Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B Precision Clean Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B Deep Sweep Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B Dual Clean Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B 3D White Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B Ortho Replacement Brush Head
- Oral B Power Sensitive Replacement Brush Head
If you’ve got an Oral B electric toothbrush then you’ve got about three months to decide which Oral B replacement head you’re going to go with. Super simple, right? WRONG! Who knew there were so many of them? And each of them is seriously different from the last.
Well don’t you worry, we’re here to help!
We decided to pull together every official Oral B replacement brush head and make it super quick and easy to figure out which one works best. First we’ll take you through a few basic notes that apply to all of the brushes and then we’ll look at what makes each one unique. Before you know it you’ll have the perfect Oral B replacement brush! Woo!
First off we’ll mention that there’s a surprisingly huge counterfeit market for Oral B replacement brush heads.
Like really, really big.
When you’re looking for an Oral B replacement brush head make sure you get one that’s actually from Oral B. It will almost definitely be a tad bit more expensive but you’re paying for quality with this product. Your teeth are super important so make sure you treat them right with the real deal.
We’ve linked to all of the real ones below so if you follow those you’re guaranteed to get the actual thing.
Next is each of these brushes have nifty indicator bristles attached to them. You’ll use these to determine when it’s about time to swap it out for a replacement. Oral B’s picture below explains it the best, but essentially when the bristles start to fade in color it’s time to start thinking about replacing it.
Finally, some of these brushes get replaced, updated or combined. I think there were originally nine of them but not all of them are easy to find or continuously stocked. We’ve highlighted the replacement brushes that are the most popular and easy to get on amazon but we’ve also included everything else just for good measure.
Alright, everybody good? Let’s get to it. Below is every Oral B replacement brush head in no particular order.
Oral B Cross Action Replacement Brush Head
This brush is the equivalent of the front line for your dental hygiene. No crazy theatrics, nothing super special, very strong and very popular. It’s got the standard 16 degree angle that surrounds your teeth and gets every spot clean, even the hard to reach ones.
The bristles vary in length which is pretty cool. This allows the same spot to be cleaned by different parts of the bristle, each of which will have a slightly different angle and leverage.
The bristles on this particular brush are a tad bit stiff but users have generally said that this isn’t an issue. If you’ve got extremely sensitive gums and/or teeth then you’ll want to try one of the softer ones below but otherwise you’re not likely to have any issues with these.
Oral B Floss Action Replacement Brush Head
I feel like “Cross Action” and “FlossAction” could team up to be some sort of odd super hero combo. The rhyming makes it too perfect.
Anyhow the goal of this replacement brush is to target the interdental area (I feel so smart when I type that out) which is the hard-to-get spots between the teeth. It’s got these nifty little paddle things on the side that are supposed to penetrate deep into the spots between teeth and remove those nasty plaque deposits.
This brush is also great for getting annoying stuff like corn and pineapple strings out. Good lord are those annoying.
This replacement brush is a tad bit larger than others so if you’ve got a super tiny mouth or have has issues maneuvering the brush around with the standard head you might want to keep that in mind. Also, we feel obligated to say that using this brush should not replace flossing. Dental health should always be comprised of the holy trinity of oral care: brushing, flossing and mouthwash.
Oral B Precision Clean Replacement Brush Head
If you’ve tried the Cross Action or are a bit intimidated about the slightly stiffer bristles then check out the Precision Clean brush. This is pretty darn similar to the basic brush that came with your toothbrush as well as the Cross Action.
This one however has slightly softer bristles.
If you’ve had problems with bleeding gums in the past or have sensitive teeth you’ll probably want to give this a try. If you’re super worried about bristle stiffness then we’d suggest you look down a bit further at the Sensitive brush. Otherwise this will do you well.
Oral B Deep Sweep Replacement Brush Head
This brush head is pretty sweet. It’s got three (that’s right, three!) different bristle areas, each of which is for a different purpose
- Moving Power Tips: These guys are designed to get to the hard to reach places, specifically teeth that are farther back and are a serious pain to get to. They make sure those wisdom teeth are shiny and sparkly.
- Shorter Stationary Bristles: This section is focused on targeting the surface of teeth for powerful (but not too powerful) plaque removal.
- Long Sweeping Bristles: The third group of bristles targets the spots between teeth that are hard to get to. They’re longer (as their name suggests) so as things are whirling around in a fury they’ll inevitably sweep the plaque between your teeth out.
It’s useful to note that this brush head is not circular. It’s more of a rounded square shape – very similar to a traditional manual toothbrush’s shape. Again, it’s quite a bit larger than some of the other brush heads so if you’ve had issues with brush size in the past, keep this in mind.
Oral B Dual Clean Replacement Brush Head
What’s better than one super-fast super-spinning part? Two super-fast super-spinnings parts. That’s the cool part about the Dual Clean brush.
As the name suggests, there’s to parts to this brush head. The first is the upper circular section. This section spins in a circular fashion. The second area is the lower section – this moves perpendicular to the shaft. These two combined allow for the brush to simply do more brushing. More moving parts means more plaque being swept away. That’s good!
The additional movement takes a little while to get used to so beware. The first time you use this puppy it’ll feel like a bigillion things are happening in your mouth but you’ll get used to it after a few days.
Oral B 3D White Replacement Brush Head
This is a pretty neat brush. It’s inspired by the tools that your dentist actually uses when she cleans your teeth. The only difference is this costs $15 instead of $150,000.
The 3D White brush is a circular brush that has a polishing cup in the center. This polishing cup works similar to a car buffer. It’ll lightly graze your teeth to apply the toothpaste in a gentle but firm manner. It’ll also help to get those pearly whites a little bit pearlier and a little bit whiter.
Oral B Ortho Replacement Brush Head
Update: It appears that the only legitimate supplier of this product on Amazon (Oral B) is out of stock. We’d suggest you trying to purchase these from Oral B’s website.
Just the word “braces” makes me shiver in thoughts of those fateful two years when I was walking around with quarter pound of metal in my mouth. One of the worst parts of braces (trust me, there’s several of them) is the fact that it’s seriously hard to get around every nook and cranny. That’s what the Ortho is for.
The design of this little brush is pretty neat. It’s got two separate parts with a fair bit of space in-between. The center cluster of bristles is pretty concentrated and is perfect for getting in the back section of your brackets. Any weird food that’s clumped between the extruding metal struts that hold the rubber bands in place will be easy to get with the central bristle cluster.
The outer section (really four sections I suppose) is for cleaning around whatever you’re targeting with the center. This works perfectly and saves a ton of time. Instead of having to worry about the problem areas as well as actually cleaning your teeth, just worry about the problem areas. The outer section will do the rest for you. It’s a wonderful system!
It is important to note these brushes wear out a bit quicker than usual because they’re being used with braces. You’ll still get a decent life out of them but they might expire a bit before the standard three month mark.
Oral B Power Sensitive Replacement Brush Head
If you were looking for the Oral B Gum Care Replacement Brush Head, that’s been grouped in with this one. The goal of this brush is in the title: dealing with sensitive teeth and gums. If you the Cross Action or Precision Clean brushes were too much for you then this will be your brush.
The bristles are considerably softer than any of the other brushes. This makes for a brush that is very easy on the gums and won’t cause any bleed or added pain.
The bristle density on this brush is a bit higher than others to compensate for the softness. Because of this you don’t really need to change your brushing technique at all. Just do what you normally do and the extra bristles will take care of everything for you!
Whew, we’re done! That’s a lot of brushes and a lot of bristles. No matter what your dental concern is, you’ll be able to find your perfect Oral B replacement head in here somewhere. We encourage you to experiment around a bit with smaller brush packages first. Once you find something that works for you go ahead and buy them in bulk. They’re way cheaper that way!