Oral-B Built-in Brushing Modes

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if you were confused by the different cleaning modes that the Oral-B toothbrush may offer. Some toothbrushes have just 1 mode, others 2, whilst some have as many as 6 modes. What do all these different modes do and why might you need them?

Each Oral B toothbrush has at least one brushing mode, Daily clean. Many of them have multiple brushing modes. There are 6 modes available across the devices. There’s Daily Clean, which is commonly used daily. The Gum Care massage mode. That’s used to stimulate the gums. The Sensitive mode is a lowered power for those with sensitive gums and teeth.

There’s a Whitening mode that shines and brightens your teeth. The Pro-Clean was previously known as Deep Clean. It removes more plaque and film from your teeth. Lastly, there’s Tongue Cleaner. This is used to remove food and bacteria that’s hiding on the surface of your tongue.

(The following were extracted from Electricteeth.com )


What does each burshing mode do?

Daily Clean

  • This is the standard mode for daily teeth cleaning.
  • The cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes; 30 seconds for each quadrant.
  • Those brushes with a timer and Quadpacer built in give an audible tone, via a pause in the brushing motion at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute cycle.
  • Up to 10,500 oscillations and up to 48,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery)
  • The Cross Action, Floss Action, TriZone or Precision Clean brush heads are suitable for this cleaning mode.

Gum Care (Also known as Massage)

  • Suitable for those with sore or inflamed and even bleeding gums. It offers a gentle massage of gums to stimulate blood flow and strengthen and nurture the gum tissue.
  • The cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes; 30 seconds for each quadrant.
  • Those brushes with a timer and Quadpacer built will give an audible tone, via a pause in the brushing motion at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute cycle.
  • 2,600-10,500 oscillations and 12,000-48,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Cross Action, Floss Action, TriZone or Precision Clean brush heads are suitable for this cleaning mode.

Sensitive

  • A gentle yet thorough cleaning for sensitive areas of the mouth, this mode is also recommended by some dentists as a better option than the Daily Clean as it is not so powerful.
  • The cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes; 30 seconds for each quadrant.
  • Those brushes with a with a timer and Quadpacer built in which will give an audible tone, via a pause in the brushing motion at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute cycle.
  • 6,500 oscillations and 33,000 pulsations.
  • The Sensitive brush head is most suitable for this cleaning mode.

Whitening

  • Aims to polish teeth to give that dentist clean look and feel for brighter teeth.
  • Suitable as an occasional or everyday cleaning mode.
  • The cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes and 20 seconds normally.
  • The first 2 minutes are for completing the normal cleaning and the additional 20 seconds for focusing on the front teeth.
  • Those brushes with a with a timer and quadpacer built in which will give an audible tone, via a pause in the brushing motion at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute and 20 second cycle.
  • 6,100-10,500 oscillations and 28,000-48,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The 3D White brush head is most suitable for this cleaning mode.

Pro Clean (Previously Deep Clean)

  • This is cleaning mode is the same as the Daily Clean but pre-programmed to last for longer.
  • The cleaning cycle lasts for 3 minutes; 45 seconds for each quadrant compared to the standard 2 minute clean and 30 second intervals.
  • Each Pro series brush has a timer built in which will give an audible tone via a pause in the brushing at 45 second intervals and then at the end of the 3 minute cycle.
  • 8,800 – 10,500 oscillations and up to 48,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Cross Action, Floss Action, TriZone or Precision Clean brush heads are suitable for this cleaning mode.

Tongue Cleaning mode

  • Used for cleaning the tongue or inside of the cheeks.
  • More gentle than a conventional cleaning mode.
  • Suitable for daily or occasional use.
  • The cleaning lasts for 20 seconds.
  • 7,300 oscillations and 33,000 pulsations
  • The Sensitive brush head is advisable for this mode.

This hopefully helps explains what each modes means and how exactly the brushing modes differ.

The following table helps compare the modes a little further and also lists, which models offer which brushing mode.

Daily Clean – the standard daily mouth cleaning mode lasting for two minutes divided into 30 second quadrants for each section of the mouth. 

Sensitive –  gentle yet thorough cleaning mode that combined with the sensitive brush head works to remove bacteria and plaque from sensitive areas of the mouth. The sensitive mode is less powerful than daily clean mode and oscillates 6,500 times and 30,000 pulsations per minute. I have very sensitive teeth and gums so this has become my go-to mode of choice.

Whitening – a two minute cycle designed to polish the teeth with the unique brush head featuring a polishing cup in the middle of the brush.

Gum Care – a lower speed mode that aimed at caring for the gums and will pulsate from 2,600 to 8,800 oscillations and 12,000 to 40,000 pulsations.

Tongue Cleaning – ideal for cleaning the tongue and inside of the cheeks and the tongue cleaning mode lasts for 20 seconds oscillates 7,300 times and pulsates 33,000 times per minute.

Deep Clean – this is a three minute mode with 45 second quadrants to offer a more intense clean and oscillates 8,800 times and 40,000 times per minute.

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