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Best electric toothbrush for receding gums & sensitive teeth 2023

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Best Electric Toothbrush For Sensitive Teeth & Receding Gums 2023

Our recommendations

Best overall: Oral-B Pro 3 3500 (Amazon, Oral-B)

Runner up: Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 (Amazon, Ebay)

Best pressure sensor: Oral-B iO4 (Amazon, Oral-B)

Best tech: Sonicare Prestige 9900 (Amazon, Ebay)

Receding gums occur when gums are damaged and attach to the tooth lower down than before. It results in the root of the tooth being exposed instead of covered up. This gingival recession is very common, with recent studies estimating more than 60% of people have receding gums to some extent.

Receding gums can be caused by gum disease (as well as other things). It is also a normal part of ageing to some extent. Gum recession can then result in tooth sensitivity (but not always). Sensitivity is an over-reaction to hot, cold, eating, drinking and touch. 

Tooth sensitivity is very common — about a third of people experience it. Not all tooth sensitivity is caused by gum recession. Not all gum recession is caused by gum disease. Using an electric toothbrush with the correct technique can help both of these conditions. I have made some reliable recommendations below, based on studies that have been completed and our own hands-on testing.

Make sure you read the advice below about how to use your toothbrush, and the types of brushes you should avoid. 

Important features to look for

The three features we usually advise paying for in an electric toothbrush are:

  • Pressure sensor
  • Timer
  • Pacer

These help to improve your brushing technique without adding too much cost.

All of our recommendations below include these features. We’ve given extra focus to the pressure sensor because brushing too hard can contribute to tooth sensitivity and worsen receding gums. A pressure sensor alerts you if you’re using too much force, so it’s a feature worth paying for.

Our recommendations also include brushes that have a softer cleaning mode. They are also compatible with the softer style brush heads that are manufactured by their respective brand. We explain all of these features in more detail in the buyer’s guide below.

Best overall

Oral-B Pro 3 3500

£58 From Oral-B*

*Prices correct at time of writing

Why it’s the best:

The Pro 3 3500 includes the most important features for someone with receding gums or sensitive teeth: a pressure sensor, gentle cleaning mode and compatibility with Oral-B’s soft brush heads. It doesn’t have lots of additional features driving up the price and it includes a travel case, which is good for this price range. 

If you’re suffering with one of these conditions, a pressure sensor helps to make sure you don’t brush too hard and make things worse. The Pro 3 3500 has a visible pressure sensor that lights up red when you brush too hard. The motor then slows down until the pressure is reduced.

The 3500 comes with a gentle cleaning mode, which doesn’t use the full power of the motor and helps if your teeth or gums are feeling sensitive. Although not provided in the box, Oral-B’s softer bristled head, the Sensitive Clean, is compatible and can be bought separately. Oral-B’s small round brush heads are easy to move around even the most crowded mouths. 

The Pro 3 3000 is an equally good choice. The 3500 is a variant of the Pro 3. Technically they are the same. The 3500 comes with the travel case included. They are usually about the same price, making the 3500 a better buy.

Read our Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Review.

What we like

  • Good value for money
  • Visible pressure sensor
  • Gentle cleaning mode
  • Compatible with sensitive brush head
  • Travel case included

What we dislike

  • No sensitive head in the box
  • Defaults to the daily clean mode
Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Box
The Pro 3 3500 has a visible pressure sensor that is easy to see when you brush too hard


Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300

£56.99 From Ebay*

*Prices correct at time of writing

Why it’s almost as good:

The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 is roughly equivalent to the Oral-B 3 3500. The reason we give the 3500 a slightly stronger recommendation is because it has a large visible pressure sensor and tends to be a bit cheaper.

Personally, I do think the light of the 3500 makes it more obvious, particularly when most of us tend to brush in front of a mirror. The flashing amber light on the ProtectiveClean is on the wrong side of the handle for you to really notice it.

When the 4300 detects too much force is being applied, the handle vibrates and the brushing sensation changes. The vibration will kick in every time too much pressure is applied and within a few days you will get used to how much pressure is appropriate.

It actually only offers 1 cleaning mode, but there is the ability to select between 2 different brushing intensities. The lower intensity mode is likely going to be more comfortable if you have sensitive teeth or gums.

Read our Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Review.

What we like

  • Vibrating pressure sensor
  • Travel case included
  • Low intensity cleaning mode
  • Compatible with soft heads

What we dislike

  • No sensitive head in the box
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The pressure sensor alert on the 4300 isn’t as visible as the Pro 3 3500, but it does have a vibration alert

Best pressure sensor

Oral-B iO4

£240 From Oral-B*

*Prices correct at time of writing

What makes it stand out:

The iO4 is the cheapest brush from the Oral-B iO range, which has a slicker look and more features than other Oral-B brushes. It does mean the brushes are more expensive as a result.

The main feature worth paying for is the advanced pressure sensor, which has 3 different colour alerts: white (low pressure) – not enough force is being applied; green – the right amount of pressure is being used; red – high or excessive pressure is being applied.

Whilst this is a really nice implementation, the pressure sensor on the 3500 is perfectly adequate and comes at a lower cost. It’s worth bearing in mind that brush heads for the iO range are also more expensive.

Read our Oral-B iO4 Review.

What we like

  • Advanced pressure sensor
  • Gentle cleaning mode
  • Compatible with sensitive brush head
  • Travel case included

What we dislike

  • Relatively expensive
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The iO range has the best pressure sensor implementation we’ve tested

Best top of the range

Sonicare 9900 Prestige

~£245 From Ebay*

*Prices correct at time of writing

Expensive, but exquisite:

The Prestige is the best smart toothbrush on the market today. It has far more than you need and isn’t worth the spend unless you think you will truly make the most of the smart features.

It’s the only Sonicare brush that has a visible pressure sensor implementation similar to those of Oral-B. When you brush too hard it vibrates the handle with a particular pattern and flashes the light ring at the bottom of the handle with a purple light.  Both of these will remain active until the pressure is reduced.

If you continually brush too hard, it will even reduce the intensity of the cleaning mode, if it can.

It looks fantastic and feels great in hand.  The smooth touch materials are good quality and easy to keep clean. The Sonicare app can tell you precisely where you have and haven’t brushed. It will tell you if you brushed with too much pressure and if you scrubbed the teeth.

It comes with a stylish and compact USB-C enabled charging case and you can get up to 4 weeks use from one charge. One downside is that the power and intensity buttons require a firm push. They don’t give a lot of feedback.

Read our Sonicare Prestige 9900 Review.

What we like

  • Visible pressure sensor alerts you when brushing too hard
  • 4 weeks use on a single charge
  • Slim charging travel case included
  • Reduces intensity if you brush too hard
  • Compatible with soft brush head
  • Tracks & monitors your brushing

What we dislike

  • Expensive
  • No place to store the detachable USB cable
  • Bluetooth isn’t essential
Scrubbing Sensor - Sense IQ - Philips
The 9900 is the only Sonicare brush to come with a highly visible pressure sensor

Buyer’s guide: useful things to know if you’ve got receding gums or sensitive teeth

Dr. Gemma Wheeler, BDS (Hons)

Dr Gemma Wheeler

This section has been put together based on my experience as a dentist and the studies that I have read related to gum disease and tooth sensitivity.

Browse the sections below, and if you can’t find the information you need, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you.

Brushes and behaviour to avoid

This Heasman et al review found the most common causes of receding gums are:

  • Brushing too often 
  • A horizontal or scrub brushing technique (most common with manual toothbrushes)
  • Hard toothbrush bristles
  • Brushing for too long
  • Using a worn toothbrush

Because of this I would recommend avoiding hard bristled toothbrushes. Avoid using a worn brush by changing your brush head every 3 months, or when bristles appear splayed or worn (whatever is sooner).

It is mostly with manual toothbrushes that you will need to avoid a hard bristle option. All of our electric toothbrush recommendations above can be used with a specialist sensitive brush head, which has softer bristles than the standard issue brush heads.

If you struggle to remember to replace your brush head, you could opt for one of the Sonicare options in the list above, which come with a built-in brush head replacement reminder system.

You can get a brush that includes our recommended features for less than £50

Toothbrushes can come with all manner of features at different prices. From our testing, the most essential features to look for in an electric toothbrush are:

  • 2 minute timer — this helps to ensure that you brush your teeth for 2 minutes each time, which is recommended by dentist and governing bodies around the world.
  • Pacer — this helps you to spread your brushing time evenly across all parts of the mouth.
  • Pressure sensor — frequently brushing too hard will severely damage your teeth. A pressure sensor alerts you when you are brushing too hard so you can adjust your technique. This feature is particularly useful if you already suffer from sensitivity or receding gums.

All of our recommendations above include these features. Our main recommendation is usually available for less than £50. If you spend more than this you get some extra features and nice design, but they are more of an optional extra than a requirement. We have a post that lists other electric toothbrushes that come with a pressure sensor.

Should you want to spend even less, you could opt for a brush without a pressure sensor. We make some recommendations in our post on the best budget electric toothbrushes.

A smart toothbrush is only worth it if you’ll use all the features

Typically we don’t recommend smart toothbrushes because they are very expensive and have more features than you need. There is no evidence currently available to support the use of a smart toothbrush over a normal electric toothbrush.

As a dentist, I would point out that many of the benefits advertised by a smart toothbrush can be gained more affordably elsewhere, such as by setting a calendar reminder on your phone, or by learning proper techniques from our videos and your own dental professional.

It’s worth pointing out that we have included a couple of smart brushes in our recommendations above. Price wise, the iO4 is at the lower range of the smart brush range. It has a more advanced pressure sensor than cheaper brushes, but the pressure sensor on the Pro 3 3500 is perfectly adequate.

We’ve also included the Sonicare Prestige as a recommendation for those that think they’ll make use of the features. If you feel like you need the extra assistance to make sure you are covering all areas of the mouth, perhaps it is worth it. Otherwise, if you already have a good routine and technique, a cheaper brush will be fine for you.

Oral-B and Sonicare make sensitive / soft brush heads

Brush heads can vary in the firmness of the bristles. Always avoid brushes labelled as “firm” – you simply don’t need the firmness to get a good clean. You can do more harm than good to your gums and teeth using hard toothbrushes. 

Even standard heads may feel too aggressive if you have sensitive teeth and gums. Leading brands cater for this with ‘Sensitive’ brush heads that are included in the box or can be purchased separately. They have much softer bristles to help avoid triggering any additional sensitivity.

When your condition has improved you can then move to regular toothbrush heads again.

For receding gums or sensitive teeth, I recommend you try the Sensitive Clean brush head for an Oral-B brush (Amazon, Boots) or G2 Optimal Gum Care heads for Sonicare (Amazon). These are a better option if you have sensitive teeth or receding gums because the bristles are ultra soft.

The cost of replacement heads affects the long term ownership cost, so it is worth factoring into your decision. Oral-B brush heads are cheaper than Sonicare. It’s recommended that you replace your brush head every 3 months. If you follow that advice you’ll need 4 brush heads a year, and this cost does add up. You can save money by buying when there’s a deal on or by buying in bulk.

Gentle cleaning modes can be useful

All of the brushes we have recommended above come with some form of gentle or reduced intensity cleaning mode. This is in addition to the standard ‘clean’ or ‘daily clean’ mode. 

Most people with receding gums have some element of gum disease. The most important factor is removing plaque thoroughly. This comes down to technique, and knowing how to brush properly.

Because of this, you don’t need to use a special cleaning mode. However, if you find that you have sensitivity on your teeth or sore gums, a more gentle cleaning mode can be used.

These modes operate the brush motor at a lower speed. The idea is that this will reduce the pressure on the teeth while continuing to deliver a consistent power and motion, unlike when using a manual brush. 

This is good to prevent over brushing, and reduce pressure if you have sore gums. As your gums heal and as sensitivity reduces you can switch to the regular mode.

We have comprehensive guides Oral-B brushing modes and Sonicare brushing modes. What each option means depends on the brand, and even the model. But look out for terms like “gum care”, “sensitive”, and “massage” for less intense cleaning modes.

Sonic toothbrushes may feel more “gentle” if you have sensitivity or soreness

Studies have shown that oscillating-rotating brushes are slightly better at plaque removal and reducing levels of gingivitis, compared to sonic toothbrushes. 

However, both types offer consistent motions and are more effective than manual toothbrushes for most people.

Sonic toothbrushes feel more “gentle” and may be more comfortable to use, especially if you have sensitive teeth or sore gums.

Oscillating and rotating technology is generally associated with Oral B, whilst sonic technology is associated with Philips Sonicare.

How an electric toothbrush can help with gum disease

As gum disease is the leading cause of receding gums, having a toothbrush that helps manage it is important.

Managing gum disease is all about reducing the amount of plaque on the teeth and under the gums. An important part of this is physical removal by toothbrushing and interdental cleaning.

Reviews by Van der Weijden Niederman and Yaacob et al support the fact that electric toothbrushes help with gum disease. More recently, an 11 year long study by Pitchika et al has examined long term successes of electric toothbrush users. These papers have found:

  • Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes, in both the short and long term.
  • Electric toothbrushes provide a benefit in reducing levels of gum disease compared to manual toothbrushes, both in the short term (6%) and long term (11%).
  • Electric toothbrushes reduce the progression of advanced gum disease, with users having less bone loss.
  • Users of electric toothbrushes, and who have gum disease, are less likely to lose teeth.

How an electric toothbrush can help with receding gums

Using an electric toothbrush helps to change your technique to prevent further gum recession.

A review by Heasman et al compared users of manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes. After 12 months, they found that manual toothbrush users had more gingival recession compared to people using electric toothbrushes. 

Using an electric toothbrush also means you change technique from scrubbing with a manual toothbrush, to the rotating or vibrating technique with the electric toothbrush. As improper brushing technique is one of the main causes of gum recession, this is an important difference.

If you are brushing too hard an electric toothbrush offers obvious benefits because of the pressure sensors they come with. This will prevent you pushing too hard when brushing and protect your gums and teeth from the effects of excess force.

Some people are concerned a power toothbrush can cause more damage, but evidence has shown that electric toothbrushes are of no greater concern to teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush. Some studies even support the use of electric toothbrushes to prevent worsening tooth wear caused by over brushing.

Advice on using a manual toothbrush when you have receding gums

Some people will see benefits when using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush.

But I understand that not everyone wants to use an electric toothbrush, for a variety of reasons.

If you don’t have an electric toothbrush, is there a safe way to use a manual toothbrush if you have receding gums?

Yes, but it is difficult to tell if you are getting the technique right.

Follow this basic toothbrushing guide. The key points when you have receding gums:

  • Do not scrub at the teeth.
  • Use gentle pressure – a similar amount to if you are shaving.
  • Use small side to side movements at the gum level, focussing on one tooth at a time rather than covering multiple teeth with each movement.
  • Use a soft or medium toothbrush. Avoid firm toothbrushes.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles start to look damaged.
  • Spend 2 minutes twice a day.
  • Cover all areas of your mouth by spending 30 seconds per quarter – use a timer. This avoids putting too much pressure in just one area.
  • Be thorough – make sure no plaque is left behind to avoid gum disease.

I’ve included some recommendations in our post on the best manual toothbrushes, and you can watch our video to learn the proper technique for using one.

Closing comments: reasons to be optimistic

Receding gums are most often caused by gum disease. And tooth sensitivity is often as a result of receding gums (but not always).

Preventing and managing gum disease is the key to managing gum recession and tooth sensitivity. A good routine that brushes away plaque reduces the chances of further buildup and the chances of developing advanced gum disease.

Brush twice a day, for at least 2 minutes a time, with a toothbrush that is in good condition, and you should be able to keep these conditions under control. We’ve recommended some reliable choices above, but if you don’t want an electric brush you can check out our post on manual brushes.

Visit your dentist at regular intervals (usually 6 or 12 months), to spot any changes before they become a problem. If you are concerned about any changes or start getting new sensitivity, visit a dental professional for advice.

It is cheaper and easier to fix a problem in the early stages!

About Gemma Wheeler

Gemma qualified from Cardiff University School of Dentistry in 2015. She went on to complete her Foundation Training and a further two years in the Armed Forces, primarily based around Wiltshire. She now works in a private practice in Plymouth.

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  1. Hi,
    Thank you very much for your helpful content! I have receding gums (I’m still young, brush my teeth well and not too hard, but seem to have thin gums as the dentist said). I do not have bleeding or sensitive gums. I just bought the oral-b io 8 with the gentle care brush heads. But I wonder about the best cleaning mode for me. To slow the progression of the recession, I should minimise aggression to my gums BUT I should clean my teeth well because bacteria could worsen the recession too, plus with deepened dental pockets bacteria have an easier breeding ground (so I heard). So I don’t know if for example the gum care mode cleans well enough. I watched your videos but I’m still not sure which mode to choose.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Laura. Great question.

      Simply put, any mode available on the iO 8 is going to do a good job of cleaning the teeth. Used correctly, an electric toothbrush won’t damage the teeth and gums.

      More important than the mode is your brushing time, frequency (2 times a day for 2 minutes) and technique. I am sure you are aware of this already.

      The sensitive or gum care mode is a great place to start, to get you used to the brush etc.

      In time, if you don’t experience sensitivity or find the daily clean mode too intense, do move to this, because it uses the full power of the toothbrush and it can deliver the best possible results.

      Thanks to the pressure sensor you shouldn’t do any damage to the gums because it will alert you if you brush too hard.

      I would then suggest on your next checkup/hygiene appointment you discuss it with your dental professional to get more personalised advice for you and check that they are happy that what you are doing fits with your circumstances.

      I hope this helps. Any questions, please just ask.

  2. Hi could you please advise i have been told I have gum disease by my dentist plus really sensitive teeth and receding gums . Si I purchased an oral b 2500 with sensi toothbrush heads but it was too much vibration on my teeth which made it worse is there a more gentle vibration model out there ,thanks G .

    • Hi Graham.

      There are select electric toothbrushes that are more gentle. But, in our opinion, they do not clean as well.

      Have you specifically been recommended to buy an electric brush?

      Previously did you use a manual brush? Did you suffer with sensitivity with that?

      • Hi Jon was recommended by my dentist to use an electric toothbrush , a few years ago I did use a Philips sonicare but turned to manual when that broke maybe my teeth have got more sensitive since then , how about a child’s battery operated toothbrush would that be beneficial in your opinion . Regarding looking for an electric toothbrush was just trying to abide by my dentists wishes when I visited him about a month ago but maybe they are more sensitive than he realised , regards Graham .

        • Hi Graham.

          A kids electric toothbrush could be an option. Many are less powerful, but there are potentially other shortcomings such as no timer or pacer. They are still fairly powerful and not significantly less powerful than the model you tried. Worth a shot as you will get the benefit of the increased number of movements. It could be worth speaking to your dentist again and getting their opinion based on your personal situation

  3. My gums are starting to recede…not too bad and I don’t have sensitive/sore gums. Do I need a toothbrush with gum massage, or will the Oral B Pro 2500 do?

  4. Hello,
    I have discovered a few of your articles very recently and I like them. I need your advice please :
    Do you know Mira-teeth? It is sold by Techmira (German company). It is an ultrasound toothbrush. And I wonder if I can trust the tool of this expensive brand. Could the ultrasound be harmful for teeth problems like caries, crowns, bridges (not sure about the English words, sorry) please? Does it 100% replace a toothbrush?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi. Thanks for the comment and question.

      I am aware of this brand but have yet to test their products.

      There are arguments for and against ultrasonic toothbrushes, the main negative tends to be the price.

      Whilst it could bring benefits, the additional cost for many is not worth it given that a traditional sonic toothbrush does a very good job for a much lower price.

      As far as I am aware it should not cause any problems with caries, crowns, bridges etc. If they did, these products would not have a useful place within the market.

      • Thanks so much for your quick reply.
        I had bought a Oral-B Genius X toothbrush but it was much too hard for me (the impression of a hammer in the head). So I sent it back to Oral-B after one day.
        Maybe I should try a sonic…
        I will talk to my dentist later this week and see what she recommends for me. Thanks.

  5. Hi Jon,

    I came across your comprehensive web when finding out what electric toothbrush I should use.
    My teeth is basically healthy except for receding gum above 1 tooth, which is not really sensitive.

    But when I was reading web articles about electric toothbrushes on Czech websites (I’m Czech), almost each recommendation for people with sensitive/receding gums was NOT to use
    brushes with oscillating & rotating technology, because this technology can be too aggressive for the gums.
    And so the recommendation was always to use Sonic technology in these cases.
    These opinions were stated even by dentists (or at least the articles were presented that way).

    So I’m confused now, because based on that I was going to buy Sonicare 4300, but now it looks that Oral-B Pro 2500 may be as good or even better, but much cheaper.

    Do you think this may some kind of marketing campaign (or something like that) or have you ever come across these opinions ?

    Thank you

    • Hi Tomas.

      Thanks for the comment and the question.

      There are and will always be differences of opinion on what is ultimately best. Even the dental professionals don’t agree.

      What clinical data does exist is not necessarily as comprehensive as it could be and there is a need for more study in this area.

      I don’t believe it is a marketing campaign that Sonicare is the top recommendation with the content that you have read.

      I can see why Sonicare is often the recommendation, because of the way the bristles move and when brushing it does feel more gentle than Oral-B.

      That said, the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 has a sensitive mode which is more gentle and you can get soft brush heads to fit the handle and reduce the likelihood of any unwanted exaggeration of the recession you are experiencing.

      For anyone to definitively say 1 is the absolute best, is tricky as there are always arguments for and against.

      It might be worth asking the opinion of your dentist who oversees your care.

    • Hi Blanc.

      I would recommend the iO Series 9, with a massive caveat in that you don’t need an expensive or as feature rich as this. There are cheaper but still good models for a fraction of the price.

      You do really need to be committed to the app etc to get the value I feel.

      If it is a case of choosing between the iO and the Genius X, the iO still technically gets my vote, as I explain in my Genius X vs iO comparison.

      If you already own the Genius X it is not worth the upgrade.

  6. Which toothbrush should I buy, I have receding en sensible gums. I
    Am a light smoker so also need it to remove plaques. And a travel case would be handy but I am
    Not interested in apps on my phone. Price is not Issue. Thank you

    • All toothbrushes used correctly will remove plaque and should be able to manage within reason any staining of the teeth caused by your light smoking.

      I think you could be well served by the Oral-B Pro 2 2500. It is not a smart toothbrush, but it has a good cleaning action. It does not have sensitive cleaning mode, but it does have a ‘gum care’ mode which is very similar and it does too have a pressure sensor to alert you should you be brushing too hard.

      You can spend more, but you will be getting items you don’t need or want.

  7. What do you think of battery operated toothbrushes? I’m currently using the Colgate ProClinical 150 Battery Powered Sonic Toothbrush for my sensitive teeth. What would be the electric version of this please?

    • Hi Lou.

      Electric toothbrushes with removable batteries have their place for sure. I have used the Colgate ProClinical 150 and have given it a 5 star rating for what it offers for the price.

      Electric brushes with batteries built-in tend to be a little more powerful and convenient for many. The closest alternative to the Colgate you are using is the ProClinical 250R.

      However, the Oral-B Smart 4 4000 listed here is a bit better in my opinion. If price is an issue, you could also look at the more cost effective Oral-B Pro 2 2500, but just make sure you are using it’s gum care mode with a sense UltraThin brush head.

      • Hi Jon
        Thanks for the prompt reply. I’m a bit confused. Do you have a link for the oral B 400? Would I need to use different brushes for this one also? (I need softest as I have off the scale sensitive teeth!). Also what is the difference between a sonic toothbrush and an oscillating brush? Which is better for removing plaque whilst being gentle on gums?

        • Hi Lou,

          Here is a link to my review of the Oral-B Smart 4 4000.

          I would suggest investing in the Oral-B Sensi UltraThin brush heads as these are the softest brush heads available, to give the most gentle brushing experience. Unfortunately, this brush head doesn’t usually come included in the box with the Smart 4.

          Use it with the ‘sensitive’ mode on the Smart 4 and this will be the most gentle, but effective brushing you can get from Oral-B.

          The difference between Sonic and Oscillating toothbrush is the way the bristles move. Sonic moves side to side whereas the oscillating moves side to side in a circular motion. This article explains the difference in more detail. However, don’t worry too much, in practice both are very good.

          There is varying opinion as to which is ‘best’. Independent research has concluded Oral-B’s oscillating approach is most effective, but acknowledge more research is needed.

          The reality of the situation is you use either correctly and twice daily and the results will be very good.

          If you have any other questions, please let me know.

          • Hi Jon
            Thanks for your help. I’ve found this one at boots Oral-B Pro 2 2000W Electric Toothbrush Powered By Braun – is this any good in your opinion? Does it have a setting for sensitive teeth? (Can’t find any details online). Would I be able to use this with the sensi ultra thin heads you recommended? Also it comes with a 2 pin plug/shaver plug which I haven’t got – do all of them come with a plug like this or do some cone with a standard 3 pin uk plug? Sorry for all the questions but I need to make sure I buy the right thing.
            Thank you!

            • Hello again Lou.

              Yes, this is a very good toothbrush. It is the same as the Pro 2 2500 I mentioned previously, just without a travel case.

              Click here to read my Pro 2 2000 review. The Pro 2 2000W is a variant of the 2000. So very confusing I know.

              It has a gum care mode. This is fairly gentle and very similar to sensitive mode. Most importantly, it is more gentle than the standard daily clean mode. Therefore it should be fine if you suffer with sensitivity.

              The vast majority of brushes come with charging stands that have a 2 pin plug for bathrooms. You can purchase 2 to 3 pin adapters very easily. This is one example on Amazon. It will allow you to then charge from a 3 pin socket elsewhere in the home.

              I totally understand the need to know you are buying the right one. Let me know if you need more info.

              P.S. Whilst you can’t abuse it, there is the option of using Oral-B’s money back guarantee.

              • Hi Jon,

                Thank you again for all your help, one last question the oral b pro 2 2000 says “Many people press too hard when they brush, but how do you know if you are brushing too hard? Oral-B Pro 2 2000S Electric Toothbrush protects your gums with automatic speed reduction, which alerts you and slows down the brushing speed if you brush too hard.”
                Does this mean there’s no light sensor to visually show alert me?

                • Lou, the Pro 2 2000 series has a pressure sensor built-in.

                  On the back of the handle is a panel (red/orange colour that will light up if too much force is being used, and thus alerting you to reduce that pressure. It will not light up unless the pressure is to hard.

  8. I have an sonic care diamonds but my dentist said for my overbearing and gum recession is better oral b smart 4 with soft ultra-humano head. I spent so much in the Phillips already what shall I do ? Spend again in oral b ?

    • Hi Diana.

      Thanks for the comment.

      It is good to see that your dentist has the same recommendation as us. However, it is not normally essential to switch from Sonicare to Oral-B.

      There might be some benefit, but I can’t say it would be significant enough to justify all the extra cost. It could be worth speaking to your dentist again to understand how important, in your personal circumstances why they feel this is necessary.

      The Sensitive and Gum Care mode on the DiamondClean brush should be similar/equivalent to the Oral-B solution. You may want to look at buying and using the Sonicare G2 Gum Care brush heads to use alongside these cleaning modes for best results.

  9. I have an Oral-B electric toothbrush. I have receding gums and am wondering what type of toothbrush head would be best for this condition. Thanks.

  10. I just researched and bought the xiaomi Mi sonic toothbrush for less than $30. It is a smart toothbrush, with timer and a great app that shows me where in my mouth I am for how long. I really recommend the mi sonic toothbrush.

  11. How will I notice that the pressure sensor light has come on when the brush handle is right up close to my mouth during brushing?

    • Hi Mary,

      You should notice out of the corner of your eye.

      That said, many tend to brush in front of a mirror in the bathroom, which of course makes things a lot easier and very obvious.

      If you are brushing too hard, you should hear the sound of the brush change that is also an alert to you.

  12. Hello Jon, I was prepared to pay far more to replace my brush which is over five years old. However instead of £100 I expect to pay £50 and I shall have a new brush which is suitable for me. Thank you for doing the research for me, so glad I clicked onto your website.

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