Oral B vs. Sonicare vs. Rotadent

on November 20, 2013

This week we will be discussing the differences between three different electric toothbrushes: Oral B, Sonicare, and Rotadent. All of them are excellent options and will keep your smile healthy and beautiful if used correctly. We recommend different brushes for different people, so read through this post to find out which electric toothbrush would work the best for you.


The Sonicare brush that we currently offer in our office is the FlexCare+. All Sonicare toothbrushes operate using a vibrating back and forth motion. Sonicare claims that this helps drive fluid between your teeth to remove more plaque, although flossing is still recommended to clean below the gumline. Sonicare brush heads are oblong compared to Oral B brush heads which allow for an easier transition from a manual toothbrush.

We recommend Sonicare brushes to patients who have never used an electric toothbrush before. The shape and size of the Sonicare brush heads lend themselves to a similar brushing style as a manual brush. So patients who are comfortable with manual brushes find the Sonicare brush easier to use.


Oral B

The Oral B brush that we offer in our office is the Smart Series 5000. Most Oral B toothbrushes operate using a rotating – oscillating motion to sweep away plaque and bacteria. This means that the toothbrush head rotates back and forth as well as pulsing towards the tooth. This action, combined with the cup shape of the brush head, cleans each tooth thoroughly.

We recommend Oral B brushes to patients who are looking for a thorough clean. As the brush heads are smaller, a more meticulous brushing style is needed. Patients who are ready to jump right in to using an electric toothbrush will find the Oral B brush easy and rewarding to use.



There is only one model of Rotadent brush. It uses an oscillating motion to clean your teeth. Unlike Oral B brushes, Rotadent brushes rotate 360 degrees to gently sweep plaque and bacteria away. The bristles of a Rotadent brush head are micro filaments compared to the bristles on the Oral B or the Sonicare brushes. These micro filaments enable the Rotadent brush to reach between the teeth and below the gumline.

We recommend Rotadent brushes for periodontally involved patients, orthodontic patients, or patients with major restorations (such as bridges). The micro filaments allow the Rotadent brush heads to reach into small spaces better than the Oral B or Sonicare for a deeper clean.


As we said last week, any toothbrush is better than no toothbrush. At our Evanston dental office, we like to ensure that our patients have the best that dentistry has to offer, so we offer all three toothbrushes to our patients. If you are looking for an electric toothbrush, make sure you choose one that you will use – take your time and ensure that the toothbrush you purchase is right for you.

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