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Published: 14 September 2023

Oral-B Hummingbird spare parts and alternatives

Author: Jon Love
Oral-B Hummingbird Flosser product shots

If you are not familiar with the Oral-B Hummingbird, it is a compact, battery-powered flosser that comes with 2 interchangeable attachments.

Despite its popularity, it was discontinued by Oral-B some time ago and is now very difficult to source. There was even a petition created asking Oral-B to bring it back, but alas, it didn't happen.

The good news is that even now, you can still get replacement flossers for it.

You can get replacement parts on Ebay

Last time we checked, Hummingbird replacements parts were still available on Ebay and a site called Smilox still offers some of the flosser attachments.

Previously they were also available from Amazon, but this no longer seems to be the case.

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You may be able to find Hummingbird spare parts on Ebay.

Hummingbird alternatives

A cordless water flosser

Your best bet at this stage may be to switch to a cordless water flosser. They are larger and more expensive than the Hummingbird style flossers, but if you go with a well-known brand, you won't run into the issue of replacement heads being unavailable.

The main one we recommend is the Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced. You can find out more in our post on the best cordless water flossers.

Waterpik Cordless Advanced – Black
Waterpik Cordless Advanced – Black
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Alternatively, you could try non-powered interdental brushes, which are the best way to clean in between your teeth. You can find out more in our post on the best interdental brushes.

Waterpik cordless advanced in hand over sink
The Waterpik Cordless Advanced is the main cordless water flosser we recommend.

Waterpik Whitening Power Flosser

The closest possible option, that works in a similar way is the Waterpik Whitening Power Flosser FLW-220UK.

It has mint-flavoured replaceable tips, which are reasonably priced.

You can buy it on Amazon, although it is expensive because it's a UK import and the last time we checked it was difficult to find replacement tips on their own.

Waterpik FLA-220 Power Flosser
Waterpik FLA-220 Power Flosser

Why was the Hummingbird discontinued?

The Hummingbird is as far as most are aware, now discontinued and no longer manufactured or sold by Oral-B.

All products typically undergo regular review by internal product teams and decisions are made whether a product should be updated, replaced, removed from sale etc based on a number of commercial factors including demand, actual sales figures and the company focus.

Whilst Oral-B have not stopped operating within the oral healthcare space it is quite likely the demand was not high enough to warrant continued production and the company appear to have deviated from electronic flossing products like this to focus on the electric toothbrush, toothpastes and more traditional flossing products.

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Author: Jon Love

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Eric Coates
March 15, 2023

The Piccolo flosser is a good alternative to the hummingbird. See : It is the softest easiest way to floss.

Elizabeth Chen
February 25, 2023

The Hummingbird Flosser is the best flosser for teeth that are very close together. The gentle vibrations helps the floss go between very tight teeth, without pushing towards your gums too hard. Therefore it is easier to use than other floss holders.

December 9, 2021

Hello, thank you for your given advices. I used the Hummingbirds some years ago and wanted to buy it again now. Like mentioned, you can't find it any more. So, thank you very much for the advicing alternatives. I have finally bought the Waterpik Power Flosser. Kind regards

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