Oral-B Pro Health Jr Review

Oral-B Pro Health Jr Review

Our Verdict

Although there are some limitations to this model, notably the lack of Bluetooth connectivity to the app, no quad pacer and no battery status icon, what you get is pretty good value.

For those willing to spend a bit more and invest for the long term, Sonicare Kids Connected brush is well worth your consideration.

Pros

  • 1 cleaning mode
  • Built in timer
  • Grip on handle
  • Accompanying smartphone app

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Lack of Bluetooth to pair with smartphone app
  • Better value options exist (see other choices)
Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro Health Jr Oral-B Pro Health Jr 1,180 Reviews $41.38

The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B Pro Health Jr electric toothbrush

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Oral-B Pro Health Jr Disney Frozen Vitality Power Toothbrush.  If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read my full Oral-B Pro Health Jr Review further down the page.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

No, for the money it is a pretty decent electric toothbrush, designed for kids.

The Pro Health Jr has several desirable features that encourage children to brush for the right amount of time and take better care of their teeth.

It’s worth noting that various online listings don’t mention “Pro Health Junior” in the product title (although it is visible on the packaging) and instead refer to it as “Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush”.

The buying options we include on this page are indeed for the Oral-B Pro Health Junior.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

The Oral-B Stages Power is an alternative option to this brush, but really the best alternative you can consider is the Sonicare for Kids Connected toothbrush.

The Sonicare takes the brushing experience to a whole new level and sets a standard no other kids toothbrush has beaten to date.

For a more detailed comparison of buying options, see our best electric toothbrush for kids post.

Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Blue HX6321/02
Oral-B Kid's Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush featuring Disney & Pixar's Cars (packaging may vary)
Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Featuring Disney's Frozen, includes 2 Sensitive Brush Heads, Powered by Braun (Design May Vary)
Brush Name
Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6321/02
Oral-B Stages Power Kids
Oral-B Pro Health Junior Review
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
4/5
Our Review
Price
$39.95
$59.99
$41.38
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Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Blue HX6321/02
Brush Name
Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6321/02
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Our Review
Price
$39.95
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Oral-B Kid's Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush featuring Disney & Pixar's Cars (packaging may vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Stages Power Kids
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Our Review
Price
$59.99
Prime
Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Featuring Disney's Frozen, includes 2 Sensitive Brush Heads, Powered by Braun (Design May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro Health Junior Review
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Our Review
Price
$41.38
Prime
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3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro Health Jr?

Typically we tend to recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and has special offers running. It also offers free delivery.

However, it’s always worth checking out other retailers as well. Check the links below for the cheapest price for the Oral-B Pro Health Junior amongst US retailers. It’s always worth checking eBay too.

Why should you listen to us?

Electric Teeth is an independent organization with a mission to simplify dental health.

Our team is a mixture of consumers and dental professionals.

We strive to create honest, informative content, telling you the facts, good or bad.

We are not sponsored by big brands or healthcare companies. Our site is funded by affiliate revenue and ads, but we only recommend products that we have tested and truly believe to be worth your money.

Why not watch this short video to find out all about us?

And now for a bit more detail…

The Oral-B Pro Health Jr has been designed with children in mind.

Unlike a regular toothbrush adults might use, these have been adapted to appeal to the younger audience with bright colors, interactive options and some of their favorite characters from TV and film.

It is the Disney Frozen themed brush that I am reviewing here and it is to, the one that most retailers sell.

Variants of this toothbrush

It does get a little confusing, but different retailers give it different name variations which might lead you to believe it is a different brush.

The official Oral-B name is:

Oral-B Pro Health Jr Disney Frozen Vitality Power Toothbrush

Other variations I have seen include:

  • Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Featuring Disney’s Frozen, includes 2 Sensitive Brush Heads, Powered by Braun
  • Oral-B – Pro-Health Jr. Disney Vitality Rechargeable Kid Toothbrush – Blue/White
  • Oral-B Frozen Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Includes 2 Sensitive Clean Refills

What’s in the box?

  • Oral-B Pro Health Jr Disney Frozen Vitality Power Toothbrush
  • 2 x Sensitive brush heads
  • 1 x charging station
  • Documentation

Key Features

  • Oral-B Oscillating & rotating movement
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 5 day battery life
  • Soft brush head for children
  • App for brushing encouragement
  • Built-in timer
  • Suitable for children 3+

Pro & Cons

What are the pros and cons to this kids electric toothbrush?

The Positives

  • Grip – The handle has rubber around it making it easy to grip, especially when slippery.
  • Timed Clean – A  2 minute timer is built into the handle.
  • Design – The tapered profile of the brush makes it easy to hold, but the bright colors and ‘Frozen’ theme makes it more engaging for kids.
  • App – The accompanying smartphone app provides an interactive and reward based experience to encourage longer brushing.

The Negatives

  • Battery status – No indication of how much power is in the brush apart from the slowing motor.
  • Battery life – Up to 5 days life or 20 minutes of usage time which is weak in comparison to what is possible today.
  • Lack of Bluetooth connectivity – Despite an accompanying app no direct communication between the brush and the smartphone.
  • Design – Could have perhaps had more theme influence to the handle than there is.

Design, usability, clean & general use

There are 2 key parts to the Pro Health Jr from Oral-B.

There is the brush handle, that contains the rechargeable battery and motor.  And there is then, of course, the detachable brush head.

The handle and head work together to offer a great clean to the teeth of children (and adults).

This Pro Health Jr is the same shape and feel in hand as the Oral-B Vitality for adults.

However, this brush has had a bit of extra design flair added to it.

Disney’s Frozen is the primary theme that is applied to this brush and the handle has been covered in a Black colored print/design inspired by the film,

Children should find this more appealing and engaging and it is just one part of the puzzle to help get them brushing for longer.

The brush handle itself has a tapered design.

It is thinnest at the bottom and gets wider/thicker to the top of the handle, where the brush head attaches.

The shape moves from a round/cylindrical shape to almost oval by the time you reach the neck of the brush.

It will stand upright on a worktop if you want it too.

On the base of the brush is a recess into which the prong on the charging stand fits.  More on the charging stand in the ‘battery life’ section of the review.

The front of the handle is mainly a smooth touch plastic but is accented by the large rubber grip around the power button, the one and only button on the handle.

On the rear of the brush handle, but wrapping around partially onto the front, is a large grip.

The rubber is a Turquoise color and has a series of ridges on it, which the fingers catch on to allow a firm grasp of the brush.

The sizing works well for children’s hands to hold onto and the extensive grip should mean that for the most part its held securely, even when wet.

Towards the bottom of the brush handle, on the front, is a small Oral-B/Braun logo whilst regulatory icons adorn the same area on the rear of the brush.

Normally, there would be a battery status icon/LED, but sadly the Pro Health Jr does not have this.

A small rubber protrusion on the neck of the brush handle at the rear helps the brush stay in one place if laid flat on a worktop.

At the top of the brush handle is a metal shaft that is attached to the motor sealed inside the handle.

It is to this that the detachable brush head attaches.

There are 2 brush heads provided in the box with this brush.  That is quite surprising given the price.

The heads simply slide on and off and should be changed every 3 month’s, or sooner if the bristles are frayed or show signs of wear.

If you are not aware, a very neat feature that Oral-B work into their brush heads is something known as indicator bristles.

Blue bristles within the head will fade over time (approx 3 months) from a strong Blue to pale Blue/translucent color.

When they have lost the color it is time to change the brush head (if not sooner) It is a visual clue and reminder to you.  It is all too easy to forget when the head was replaced.

Sensitive brush heads come supplied in the brush and these are certainly the ones you should stick with for children.

Ultra soft bristles are gentle on the teeth and gums, but the movements from the brush motor allow 7,600 oscillations per minute to give a thorough clean to your kids teeth.

There is just 1 cleaning mode, not differing modes or speeds as is the case on some brush handles.

Compared to a manual brush, these bristles are going to pass over the tooth surfaces a lot more and increase the chances of sweeping away bad bacteria.

There is differing opinion as to what age your child should be when using the brush.

You should supervise them until the age of about 7 years old, but children aged 3+ can use this brush.  You may choose to delay them using this if the brush head is a little too big for their mouth.

Replacement brush heads can usually be purchased in packs of 3 and often work out at about $5 per head.

Brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is the recommendation of dental professionals, but to a small child, minutes can be like a lifetime!

The Pro Health Jr from Oral-B has a couple of features that will hopefully help.

First, there is the ‘Disney Frozen’ them to the brush handle.  It is better than nothing, but it would be nice if there was a splash more color and slightly different graphics to engage children.

There is then too a timer built into the handle.

The timer begins the moment the power button on the handle is pressed.

It runs for the suggested 2 minutes.

At the end of the 2 minute cleaning cycle there are a series of brief pauses in the brush head movements.  If looking at the brush head you will see this. You will too hear a change in the sound the brush makes.

These act as a signal that the time has passed and the child can end the clean.

A much loved feature of other brushes, that is missing here is the 30 second pacer or quadpacer as it is known.

I won’t explain it in detail, most are familiar with it.  For kids, in particular, it can be a valuable tool in teaching them how to brush their teeth evenly and thoroughly.

However, whilst it’s not built into the brush, it is built into the app.

Yes, the app.

The thought of having a smartphone in the bathroom when your kids brush might fill you with dread, but there are positives to come of this, let me explain.

The Disney Magic Timer is pretty clever in what it does and what it offers.

It can be downloaded for free for Android and iOS.

Once loaded on the phone, from within the app, you scan the brush/packaging using the phone’s camera and it intelligently detects what theme to apply to the app.  In this case a Frozen theme.

Different themed brushes get a different themed app experience.

A simple and easy setup process, a nice touch is that you can set up different user profiles.

So for example if you have 2 children and each has a different brush with a different theme, the app changes that theme as and when you load into each child’s profile.

The idea is that the app is used at the same time as brushing.

On-screen there is a countdown timer, an upbeat song is played and graphics are slowly revealed as the child brushes.

Providing they brush for the full 2 minutes then the graphic is shown in full and a reward is then gained.  This is added to a virtual sticker book.

The principle is that the child is motivated by getting the stickers in the book.  Completing the book is only achieved through regular brushing.

The app keeps a log of how often the teeth are cleaned via an on-screen calendar too.

Even if you have a super proactive child who tries to brush too often, the app says that you have brushed already and you should do it again in the evening or the morning.  Simple, yet effective steps that encourage and teach good hygiene habits.

As this countdown timer is shown on screen it does also make it clear to the child that they need to move the brush about the mouth to get all the teeth.

Where the brush lacked the 30 second pacer, the app makes up for it thanks to the animated graphics.

A very important thing to note is that the brush does not have, nor does it pair to the smartphone by Bluetooth like some do.

What this means is that the brush and app are not in sync.

So in theory, the app could be counting down but your child not actually have the brush switched on and be brushing.  If you are supervising you will know this, but for those independent brushers, just make sure they don’t try to fool you.

The app works and is engaging, but as a parent, you might have concerns about having to use or hand over your smartphone as the kids brush their teeth.

Ideally, the phone needs to be positioned in a way that child can see the screen whilst keeping the device away from danger.  Some sort of holder would be nice, but this is not included.

Other nice touches within the app include tutorial videos for kids too.

Of course, the results of this brush vary from child to child and how motivated they are by this sort of approach.  Our own hands-on testing suggests that most children love this and find brushing much more enjoyable and more importantly, brush for longer.

This whole package works well together to encourage a better brushing routine for your child.

The brush handle itself is water resistant and is designed to survive everyday use, exposure to water, toothpaste, and saliva.

The handle should not be immersed in water though, so whilst a rinse under the tap is fine, a trip in the bath is not.

Sealed, the battery and motor inside the handle cannot be accessed or replaced.

It will offer 20 minutes or 5 days of brushing between charges.

The brush comes with a 2 year warranty and will likely continue working longer than this, but you have that peace of mind.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Frozen themed brush handle
  • Lots of grips on the brush
  • Interchangeable brush heads
  • Comes with 2 x sensitive brush heads
  • 1 cleaning mode
  • 7,600 movements per minute
  • Built-in timer
  • No quadpacer
  • Disney Timer app works well with lots of features
  • Encourages kids to brush for longer
  • Pacer built into the app
  • Unlock prizes/achievements for regular brushing
  • The brush does not pair with the app
  • Water resistant handle
  • 5 days between charges
  • 2 year warranty

Battery life

Oral-B claims you get 5 day between charges.

This is a total of 20 minutes running time, based on a child brushing twice a day for 2 minutes.

In my hands-on testing I achieved double this.

Why, I am not sure.

I managed a total of 44 minutes of usage time from the brush, which is equivalent to 22 cleaning sessions or 11 days of usage time.  Perhaps not all brushes are created equal?!

What I suspect this means is that the minimum usage time will be 20 minutes and there is a very good chance you will get longer from it.

However, I can’t be assured you will get the same experience and although more expensive, the likes of Sonicare’s brushes offer a minimum of 14 days, that is a reasonable improvement.

As a parent you have enough things to juggle and checking the toothbrush is charged is just another thing to add to the list, so if the runtime is longer than 20 minutes, then great.

You might want to teach the kids to put the brush on the charging stand after every clean if possible, then you need not worry.

It is perfectly safe to leave the brush sat on the stand that comes supplied, so it is always topped up.

A battery status icon would also be useful to show if there is 80%, 20% or 10% left, but sadly no such indicator is available.

Unlike the longer lasting Sonicare alternative that has a Lithium-Ion battery, the Pro Health Jr has a Nickel Metal Hydride battery.  It does the job and allows the brush to come in at the price it does.

Personally I would pay a few pounds more for extra battery life, but I can’t really grumble with what you get for the money.

The charging stand supplied is White in color and has a US power adapter.

The stand supports 110-130v.

If you travel with your kids, you might need to think about what you do, particularly if travel is international where voltages tend to be different.

When it is connected, the toothbrush sits upright on the charging stand, with the prong on the stand fitting into the recess on the bottom of the brush.

If the brush is completely flat, it will take up to 16 hours to charge it fully.

If you already own an Oral-B electric toothbrush, this is the same charging stand that is supplied with other models, notably those for adults.  So you need not have different charging stands in the bathroom if you and other members of the family are using the bathroom.

Summary of battery life

  • 20 minutes of usage time or 5 days usage based on 2 cleans a day  – Own testing achieve up to 44 minutes, double the suggested life
  • Can be left on the charger
  • Takes about 16 hours to charge fully
  • A charger included in the box
  • Works on 110-130 volts

Price & where to buy

I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.

In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.

The best prices are typically online, with a price as low as $20.

Pop into a grocery store like Walmart and you can expect to pay around $30.

Whilst $20 is, of course, better than $30, when you consider what you get, the brush, 2 brush heads and a charging stand that is pretty reasonable.

Brush heads need to be replaced every 3 months on average and they will normally cost about $5 each and come in a pack of 3.

Here at Electric Teeth, we like to work out a rough average cost to purchase and own electric toothbrushes.

With a typical working life of 3-5 years, we work out the cost over the lower 3 year period.

Using the average cost and ownership over 3 years, the Pro Health  for kids electric toothbrush will cost $75 ($25 for package + 10 brush heads at $5 each) or $0.07 per day to own.

All told I think this is a very fair price for what you get.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase.  These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • Sold for $20-30
  • Live price comparison here
  • Brush heads approximately $5 each
  • Works out at around 7 cents per day over 3 years
  • Good value all things considered

Reliability & long term use

As one of the leading brands within the electric toothbrush market you can expect the Oral-B Pro Health Jr Vitality to be well built.

Here at Electric Teeth, although we do not have any special testing equipment or tools to really test the brush to its limits,

We have our experience and knowledge of other brushes to make comparison and comment on.

The overall build quality and construction of the brush is very good and this is thanks in part to Oral-B’s tried and tested approach and refinements over the years.

The weakest point is the battery.  After repeated charges and discharges it can fail and should it, they are not easy to replace.  But, by the time this happens, you will likely have gotten your value from the brush.

Backed by a 2 year warranty, should something go wrong, it can be returned for repair.  Although in truth, the cost is so low it might not be economically viable.

A few weeks is not really long enough to say how well it will stand the test of time, but all Oral-B brushes go through a strict quality control program.

To prolong the life of any brush giving it a rinse and a wipe down to remove grime that builds up is a must.

Conclusion

Every parent can likely relate to the struggles of teaching their kids to brush their teeth properly and regularly.

Our children are lucky enough to be exposed to many great educational resources and the challenge to win their attention is now harder than ever.

The Frozen theme to this brush and the accompanying app go a long way to help them on their brushing journey.

It makes brushing interactive and fun.

Although there are some limitations to this model, notably the lack of Bluetooth connectivity to the app, no quad pacer and no battery status icon, what you get is pretty good value.

For those willing to spend a bit more and invest for the long term, Sonicare Kids Connected brush is well worth your consideration.

Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Blue HX6321/02
Oral-B Kid's Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush featuring Disney & Pixar's Cars (packaging may vary)
Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Featuring Disney's Frozen, includes 2 Sensitive Brush Heads, Powered by Braun (Design May Vary)
Brush Name
Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6321/02
Oral-B Stages Power Kids
Oral-B Pro Health Junior Review
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
4/5
Our Review
Price
$39.95
$59.99
$41.38
Prime
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Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Blue HX6321/02
Brush Name
Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6321/02
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Our Review
Price
$39.95
Prime
Oral-B Kid's Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush featuring Disney & Pixar's Cars (packaging may vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Stages Power Kids
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Our Review
Price
$59.99
Prime
Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Featuring Disney's Frozen, includes 2 Sensitive Brush Heads, Powered by Braun (Design May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro Health Junior Review
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Our Review
Price
$41.38
Prime
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Electric Teeth Rating

Electric Teeth 4 Star Rating

FAQ

  • Is the Pro Health Jr an oscillating brush?
    • Yes, with Oral-B 2D motion that oscillates and rotates.
  • What is daily clean mode?
    • This is the comprehensive everyday cleaning mode that works with the provided Sensitive brush head to effectively clean the teeth using the Oral-B 2D oscillating and rotating technology to clean the teeth and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush.
  • What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • With the brush you get one of Oral-B’s Sensitive brush heads.  The brush handle is compatible with the full range of differing brush head styles from Oral-B which include Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, Sensitive, Precision Clean and DeepSweep.  It is however best to stick to the Sensitive brush head for kids.
  • Does the Pro Health Jr have a pressure sensor?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does the Stages Power have Bluetooth?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does the Pro Health Jr come with a warranty & how long is it?
    • If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro Health Jrr will come with a 2 year warranty.
  • Does the Pro Health Jr have a built-in timer?
    • Yes. It has a timer which vibrates as the 2 minute daily cycle has been completed.
  • How long does the battery last?
    • The battery lasts up to 20 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 5 days based on 2 cleans per day.
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • Yes, a charging station is included with the Oral-B Pro Health Jr.
  • Can this be fixed to a wall?
    • The Pro Health Jr charging station has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
  • Can I use the Oral-B Pro Health Jr in the shower?
    • Yes, the brush handle is completely waterproof.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • No, there is no travel case included.

Your Opinions

Do you own or have your children used the Oral-B Pro Health Jr?

Are there certain features that you or your kids really like or dislike?

Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.

Last updated: 2019-12-09 at 16:40 // Source: Amazon Associates

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  1. Not sure if I bought a defective brush, but it turns on by itself at any given time. The brush stopped after two weeks. I plan on calling the 1800 service number.

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