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Product Review: Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide

I got me some teeth issues. Not traveling carnival-quality teeth issues, but issues nonetheless. This matter has been discussed before here. Try as I might, and I do twice daily, the teeths they end up yellow in spots. I’d need a dental hygienist on retainer to keep the spicy brown mustard colored glaze at bay.


I swat down my fair share of blog tours and promotional campaigns, but I jumped at the chance to participate in this one, for the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide (ain’t that a mouthful!! pun obviously intended). I’ve always been keen to try my hand – or would that be my teeth – with an automatic brusher thingy-ma-jigger but never wanted to invest in the equipment. Not only did I get one sent to my doorstep to test, I got THE most technologically advanced* one available today. It’s like an iPad in your mouth, except not actually in your mouth. Let me explain…

You see, it’s the Smart Guide portion of the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide that is most intriguing. Without this guide (which should not pass through your lips), this device probably acts like any other automatic power toothbrush. But with it, you will never underbrush your teeth again and you get a happy face and accumulate stars for your good teethbrushing work. And who doesn’t like getting stars?

I used the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 5000 for the first time on normal brush mode (there are a number of options for massaging gums/whitening/etc) and captured the glorious moment for prosperity.  Things I learned and will now share with you: it is wise not to start the toothbrush when there is toothpaste on it before it enters your mouth.  You’re welcome.  Oh, and spitting is helpful before one starts to speak.

Using the toothbrush felt great, despite my grimace at the start. Once I got used to the feeling I was enjoying the sensation and the notion that this thing is really scrubbing the crap out of those yellow bits and my gums.

With replaceable brush heads it is possible for a family to share a single toothbrush, that’s our plan at least. Just gotta label each head, that’s all.  I’m for anything that gets the kiddos, who do already have very good teeth brushing habits (but still), excited to do it and do it right for the proper length of time, each and every time.

But the thing with fancy pants items such as this Oral-B ProfessionalCare 5000 power toothbrush is this: where can it be kept that it can and does become a part of your everyday routine? In my experience with similar products, convenience trumps all.  If it is not easy to use it will not be used, plain and simple.  The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 5000 doesn’t fit in our toothbrush holder. This is a bit of a problem. And since our master bath ain’t very masterly in size, there isn’t any GOOD place for it to sit.  Right now the device stands proudly on my tall dresser and, as a matter of fact, is staring at me while I type this, wondering why I haven’t brushed my teeth yet tonight. Hey, back off, man…er thing!   I have its Smart Guide partner-in-crime in my underwear drawer, still wearing a happy face from this morning, you may be surprised to learn.

As you likely can tell from the video, my dresser sits at the entrance to my bathroom.  Time will tell if I use the Oral-B in the coming days and weeks or if I continue to sleepily stumble into the bathroom and grab the $2.99 model that’s conveniently located in the family toothbrush holster.

Another post will follow in a couple of weeks to update you on all things teeth.

*I have absolutely no basis for making such a claim. But it sounds great, no?

Oral-B is offering a $10 mail-in rebate on select power toothbrushes through June 16, 2012. Please visit for more information.  Also check out Oral-B on Facebook and Twitter.

*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions above and statements about how gross my teeth can get in spite of regular brushing are honest and unbiased, as always.

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