Over the years, the most routine, monotonous daily tasks in life have been made more efficient and fun with the advent of technology, and tooth brushing is no exception to that rule. The electric toothbrush was conceived in 1954 but has progressed a long way since that date.
Back to present day, Oral-B have a wide range of electric toothbrushes to suit individual requirements and budgets and the Oral-B 3000 is a low to mid range toothbrush with everything you need to keep your teeth clean and shiny with a smile you can be proud of. It tells you how long to brush for (two minutes), when to change to the next section of your teeth via its interval timer (every 30 seconds) and has three different cleaning modes to choose from.
The controls for the toothbrush are located in its handle, which is white and blue, and is the weapon of choice when it comes to plaque attack and giving your teeth a thorough clean.
Rechargeable or Battery Powered?
The Oral-B 3000 is a rechargeable toothbrush and once fully charged will give 7 days of battery life. A little less than the 4000, 5000 and 7000 models which will happily rotate, oscillate and pulsate away for up to 10 days, but the same as the Oral-B 1000. A full charge will take 17 hours.
Plug the toothbrush in, and place the brush handle on the charging unit. Whilst it’s charging you’ll see the charge indicator located on the handle flashing green –when it reaches full charge it will stop flashing, the green light will show for 5 seconds and will then turn off. When the battery life is low the charge indicator will start flashing red after turning your brush off. It’s perfectly okay to store the brush permanently on the charging base, thereby keeping it permanently fully charged, or you can just charge it up as and when you need it.
You can attach the brush charger to the brush head holder to keep everything neat and tidy and in one place, and the brush head holder has a cover for hygiene purposes.
1 elephant, 2 elephants, 3 elephants …. have you ever tried to time two minutes without using a timer? Well maybe you haven’t, but if were to give it a try I can assure you it’s actually quite difficult and before the time you get to the end you will probably be distracted anyway. Why are we talking about two minutes anyway you may wonder … well this is dentist-recommended optimum brushing time to give your white and pearlies the brushing they deserve, but with the Oral-B 3000, as per the other Oral-B models, the toothbrush has a built-in timer and turns off automatically at the end.
The Oral-B 3000 has three cleaning modes that should suit most, if not all of your requirements – Daily Clean, Sensitive, and Whitening, but no Deep Clean mode as per the 4000. Daily clean is the default mode which is the one most people will use, whilst sensitive operates at a slightly lower speed to protect your delicate teeth and gums with a little extra TLC, it’s the difference between driving in 4th gear and 6th. Whitening mode won’t lighten the shade of your teeth per se, don’t be fooled by this description, but what it will do is remove surface stains caused by day-to-day eating and drinking such as red wine, coffee etc.
The on / off button also serves as the mode selector button so once you turn the brush on it will operate in Daily Clean mode, press it again and it will change to Sensitive mode, and one final press will change it to Whitening mode.
If you’re moving from a manual brush to your first power brush your initial reaction would be to use the Oral-B 3000 with exactly the same technique, and this is why the pressure sensor is such a good idea. What you have to remember is that this electric toothbrush takes a much lighter touch to achieve a great result in plaque removal and the pressure sensor will tell you to back off a bit if you’re getting a little too enthusiastic about your brushing technique.
After you’ve applied your toothpaste, DO NOT turn the brush on. If you do that you will lose your toothpaste over the bathroom walls, so the best thing to do is position the brush head in your mouth and then hit the on button. Every 30 seconds you will feel the brush stutter – this is normal, and the brush is telling you to move to the next part of your mouth. Think of your teeth as being in four sections – upper outer, upper inner, lower outer and lower inner – every 30 seconds as indicated by the interval timer, move the brush to the next section. This is what I love about electric toothbrushes, they do all the thinking for you!
Travelling With Your Toothbrush
Unfortunately there is no travel case for this particular toothbrush, and that’s a shame as it’s a lightweight toothbrush, even a brush head cover would have been good.
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 2.8 inches
Provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute
Inside the box you will find:
- 1 handle
- 1 Oral-B Precision Clean brush head
- 1 portable SmartPlug charger
- 1 charging station with brush head storage
- 1 rechargeable battery
- Oral-B’s clinically proven technology pulsates to break up plaque and oscillates & rotates to sweep plaque away.
- Dentist-inspired Precision Clean refill brush head surrounds each tooth for precise cleaning in hard to reach areas.
- Visual Pressure Indicator lights up when you’re brushing too hard.
- Can be used with the following Oral-B Refill Heads: Oral-B Floss Action, Oral-B ProWhite, Oral-B Dual Clean, Oral-B Precision Clean, Oral-B Sensitive Gum Care, Oral-B Ortho Brush Kit, Oral-B Ortho, and Oral-B Interproxmial Clean.
- Up to 7 Day Battery Life (2min, 2X/day)
- Professional timer to help brush 4 quadrants at 30 seconds each
- Brush head with indicator bristles to remind you to change brush heads every 3 months
- Charge indicator
The Oral-B 3000 comes with Precision Clean brush head which has a small round head that cups each tooth individually, but Oral-B do a very wide range of brush heads you can purchase to suit your dental needs.
The following toothbrush heads are also compatible with the Oral-B 4000:
- Oral-B FlossAction – designed to concentrate on the areas between teeth
- Oral-B Sensitive – gentle yet effective with softer bristles
- Oral-B Dual Clean – has two brush heads for plaque removal
- Oral-B Power Tip -perfect around braces and crowns
- Oral-B Ortho – also for braces, has a bigger head than the Power Tip
The brush heads have indicator bristles which fade in color as you approach the 3-month mark, to remind you to change the brush head.
According to the product’s instructions the toothbrush can be used by adults and children over the age of three, or alternatively for children you may want to consider the Sonicare for Kids which comes with a selection of customizable stickers for the handle. However, the Oral-B 3000 would be a good family toothbrush and the charging unit also has storage space for four brush heads.
This toothbrush is perfect for using if you’ve had dental work such as crowns, bridges and implants and can be further customized by using the brush head suited best to your requirements.
The feeling of cleanness this brush gives you is just like having had a trip to the dentist, along with the efficiency of its plaque removal.
It’s expensive! And so are replacement brush heads.
No travel case and 110 volts mean it is only useable in North America and not traveller-friendly.
Some reviews mentioned problems with the overall battery life dying after only about a year, or randomly losing power.
It’s quite a noisy toothbrush, but this seems quite a common with all the Oral-B toothbrushes.
Although this is a good quality toothbrush I somehow feel that for an extra $5 you would be best to spend your money on the Oral-B 4000 which will give you an extra cleaning mode (Deep Clean), a hard travel case, is dual voltage, and has an extra 3 days battery life (10 days in total).
The Oral-B 3000 was given 4.3 stars out of 5.
The Oral-B 3000 is around $70. Oral-B offer a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied, just return the product in its original packaging with the original cash receipt postmarked within 60 days of purchase.