The Advantage and Disadvantage of the Oral-B Vitality
The Advantage of the Oral-B Vitality
The Oral-B Vitality does as well or better at plaque removal compared to the other electric toothbrushes we examined. It brushes in a circular motion, which will attack plaque well, and uses a small, round head to clean hard-to-reach areas with high quality bristles that won’t scratch the enamel.
The rotation oscillation brush heads are extremely effective at removing plaque without over-brushing, which can damage the enamel. The smaller head is better for hard-to-reach areas, and I recommend to users to order the smallest head possible, and change the head as frequently as once per month.
Oral-B uses high-quality bristles on all of their brushes. They rely on “end-rounding,” a process which softens the sharp edge of a freshly cut bristle. This keeps the tips of the bristles soft enough to clear plaque, but not too hard as to damage the enamel. Most bristles are made of nylon, including those on the Vitality. The higher-quality bristle means that the brush will keep softer longer, without wearing down to its sharp edges.
The Vitality is rechargeable and comes with a charging station, so you won’t need to replace the batteries. Changing batteries inevitably means toothpaste will find its way into the electronics and mechanicals of the toothbrush.
The Disadvantage of the Oral-B Vitality
The Vitality may have a superior bristle and rotary motion, but like nearly every other toothbrush on the market, it has too big of a head (instant gratification for the first time user) and cannot get into tight locations, particularly in places close to the cheek. This is easily fixed by getting the extra-small replacement head and throwing away the head it comes with.
And while oscillatory motion is better for most mouths, those with a lot of gum recession or space between their teeth may be better served with a vibrating brush, like the Sonicare. This toothbrush uses a sonic frequency which in some cases can “disorganize” plaque without actually making contact with it. In some cases (particularly for people in their mid 40s or older who start seeing mild gum recession) I recommend using an oscillatory AND a sonic toothbrushe: an oscillatory motion one to reduce a thickened biofilm in the morning, and a vibrating one in the evening to loosen any food collected in those tiny spaces during the day.
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