November 30, 2022

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The best Oral-B overall brush head for regular use is the Oral-B Crossaction brush head. This is the Brush head that I personally use every day. It’s bristles are angled at 16 degrees which allows it to clean teeth and gums. The bristles are also medium firmness and have indicator bristles which give you a sign as to when you need to change your brush head. In general it is wise to change your brush head every 3 months to clean your teeth properly. Using brush heads for too long can lead to a build up of bacteria and also cause the bristles to become frayed. Once bristles become frayed, the brush head is no longer cleaning the teeth efficiently.

The Crossaction brush head is also small and round in shape. This allows oscillating rotating motion to work optimally and also means that the brush head is maneuverable around the mouth. With manual toothbrushes it can be difficult to clean back to the wisdom teeth however with the Crossaction Oral-B Brush head it is much easier.

The Oral-B Crossaction brush head is compatible with the whole line up of Oral-B electric toothbrushes including my favourites the:

  • Oral-B Genius 8000 and 9000
  • The Oral-B Smart series 5000
  • Oral-B Pro 3 3000

The only Oral-B rechargeable electronic toothbrushes that this brush head is not compatible with is the Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrushes.

GOOD POINTS – ORAL-B CROSSACTION BRUSH HEADS

  • Small head size, useful for accessing molar teeth
  • 16 degree angulation bristles to clean around the gum margins
  • Indicator bristles to tell you when to replace the brush head
  • Medium firmness bristles, a perfect balance for cleaning your teeth properly

BAD POINTS – ORAL-B CROSSACTION BRUSH HEADS

  • None, a brilliant brush head for daily use

ORAL-B PRECISION CLEAN BREAD HEADS

The runner up Oral-B brush head is the Oral-B Precision Clean brush head. It is a great brush head and in fact I used to use it daily until I moved onto the Oral-B Crossaction brush head. Unlike the Crossaction, it’s bristles are not set at an angle and are straight. This does mean that it does not clean around the gum margins as effectively. The outer blue bristles are slightly longer than the inner white bristles which means it can effectively clean tooth by tooth.  The bristles are of medium firmness and also feature indicator bristles. These indicator bristles fade with time and indicate when the Oral-B Precision clean brush head is due for replacement.

Like the crossaction brush head, the precision clean is round allowing for effective use of the oscillating-rotating motion of Oral-B electric toothbrushes. It is also small in size allowing you to reach those far back wisdom teeth with ease.

The Oral-B Precision clean brush head is compatible with the entire lineup of Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrushes including:

  • Oral-B Smartseries 4000
  • The Oral-B Pro 2 2000
  • Oral-B Pro 600

The only Oral-B toothbrush it does not work with is the Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrushes.

GOOD POINTS – ORAL-B PRECISION CLEAN BRUSH HEADS

  • Small size which increase manoeuvrability
  • Indicator bristles to let you know when your brush head needs to be replaced
  • Medium firmness bristles

BAD POINTS – ORAL-B PRECISION CLEAN BRUSH HEADS

  • Straight bristles which are not as good at cleaning around the gum margin

ORAL-B SENSITIVE BRUSH HEADS

The Oral-B Sensitive brush head is perfect for people who have sensitive teeth or alternatively for people who brush too firmly. If every time you use the Oral-B electric toothbrush the visible pressure sensor is flashing red, this is definitely the brush head for you. The bristles are soft which means it is gentle on your teeth and gums. It also features indicator bristles which tell you when it needs replacement. As a general rule of thumb,  Oral B Cross Action Replacement Heads should be replaced after 3 months.

The Oral-B sensitive brush head is also small, round and maneuverable. It is small enough to reach back to even the toughest of molar teeth and big enough to thoroughly clean a single tooth. It is compatible with the whole range of Oral-B electric toothbrushes including but not limited to:

  • Oral-B Vitality
  • The Oral-B Pro 650
  • Oral-B Pro 2500

As with all the other brush heads it is not compatible with the Oral-B Pulsonic electric toothbrush handle.

GOOD POINTS – ORAL-B SENSITIVE BRUSH HEADS

  • Small brush head size allowing for easy access
  • Indicator bristles
  • Soft bristles, great for people who press too firmly when they are brushing or alternatively for people with particularly sensitive teeth
  • Good longevity as will last 3 months before needing to be replaced

BAD POINTS – ORAL-B SENSITIVE BRUSH HEADS

  • Straight bristles which are not as good at cleaning around the gum margin as the Crossaction brush head

ORAL-B TRIZONE BRUSH HEADS

In my view the Oral-B Trizone is one of the worst brush heads that Oral-B make,I discussed why in this article. The trizone brush head is fundamentally different to almost all the other brush heads. The brush head is split into three different zones, a power tip, short bristles and long bristles. These zones sweep back and forward giving it a feel of a manual toothbrush. The problem I have with it is that the head size is too big and is very difficult to control. I managed to damage my gum when trialing it. The sweeping back and forward motion is clunky and it did not feel like it was cleaning my teeth as well as the Oral-B Crossaction.

It does have indicator bristles like the other brush heads reviewed and the bristles are of medium firmness. The Oral-B Trizone brush head is compatible with almost all Oral-B electric toothbrush models apart from the Oral-B Pulsonic. I would recommend avoiding this brush head.

GOOD POINTS – ORAL-B TRIZONE BRUSH HEADS

  • Indicator bristles
  • Good longevity as will last 3 months before needing to be replaced

BAD POINTS – ORAL-B TRIZONE BRUSH HEADS

  • Straight bristles which are not as good at cleaning around the gum margin as the Crossaction brush head
  • Large brush head size which is difficult to control
  • Flawed mechanism of action

ORAL-B FLOSSACTION BRUSH HEADS

The Oral-B FlossAction brush head is actually a fairly good brush head so why has it received 2 stars? The name is very misleading. Even if you use this brush head twice a day for 2 minutes, it will not replace flossing or using a tepe brush between your teeth. If you read the fine print for the Oral-B FlossAction brush head, it says a superior deep clean between teeth vs a regular manual toothbrush. It does not compare it to an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush with flossing.

If you use the floss action brush head with flossing, it is actually a fairly decent brush head on par with the Oral-B precision clean brush head. It features straight, medium firmness bristles and Yellow MicroPulse Bristles that are meant to clean between your teeth. It also has indicator bristles that let you know when to replace your brush head. The head size is also small and round which allows the brush head to be controlled easily.

It is compatible with almost all Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrush handles including:

  • Oral-B Pro 3 3000
  • Oral-B Pro 6500

The Oral-B FlossAction brush head is not compatible with the Oral-B Pulsonic handle.

GOOD POINTS – ORAL-B FLOSSACTION BRUSH HEADS

  • Small Brush Head Size
  • Indicator bristles, that indicate when you need to replace your brush head
  • Good longevity, will last 3 months before needing to be replaced

BAD POINTS – ORAL-B FLOSSACTION BRUSH HEADS

  • Straight bristles which are not as good at cleaning around the gum margin as the Crossaction brush head
  • Misnomer, you will still need to floss your teeth