Oral-B cleaning modes explained

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 83940)

Are you confused by the different brushing modes available on an Oral-B electric toothbrush?

Not sure what each mode means and how gum care differs to pro clean?

You are not alone.  Many others have this same issue.

I was once as confused as you are probably feeling right now too.

And to be honest, Oral-B don’t make it clear.

In this article, I will explain what the different cleaning modes are and what they can do for you.

There’s also a handy comparison chart further down the page showing you which brushes have which cleaning modes.

What are the cleaning modes available on Oral-B toothbrushes?

There are up to 6 different brushing modes available on Oral-B electric brushes.

How many modes and which modes depends on which brush you own or are planning to buy or already own.

Quite often, the more expensive the brush or the higher the model number, the more modes it has.

The 6 modes are:

  1. Daily Clean
  2. Gum Care (Also referred to as Massage)
  3. Sensitive
  4. Whitening
  5. Pro Clean (Previously Deep Clean)
  6. Tongue Cleaner

brushing teeth with electric toothbrush

What does each brushing mode do?

Daily Clean

  • This is the standard mode for daily mouth cleaning.
  • The cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes.
  • The principle is that you spend 30 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left).
  • Almost all Oral-B brushes have a timer built in which will give an audible tone via a pause in the brushing at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute cycle.
  • 8,800-10,500 oscillations and 20,000-45,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Cross Action, Sensi UltraThin, FlossAction, TriZone and Precision Clean brush heads are most 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.
  • The principle is that you spend 30 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left).
  • Almost all Oral-B brushes have a timer built in which will give an audible tone via a pause in the brushing at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute cycle.
  • 2,600-9,900 oscillations and 12,000-45,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Cross Action, Sensi UltraThin, FlossAction, TriZone and Precision Clean brush heads are most 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.
  • The principle is that you spend 30 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left).
  • Almost all Oral-B brushes have a timer built in which will give an audible tone via a pause in the brushing at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute cycle.
  • 6,500-7,400 oscillations and 30,000-33,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Sensi UltraThin 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.
  • Almost all Oral-B brushes have a timer built in which will give an audible tone via a pause in the brushing at 30 second intervals and then at the end of the 2 minute and 20 second cycle.
  • With the Pro 6000 and 6500 brushes you can extend this even further to focus on the front and backs of the rear teeth.
  • 6,100-9,900 oscillations and 28,000-45,000 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.
  • The principle is that you spend 45 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left) compared to the standard 2 minute clean and 30 second intervals.
  • Almost all Oral-B brushes have 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 40,000-48,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Cross Action, FlossAction, TriZone or Precision Clean brush heads are most suitable for this cleaning mode.

Tongue Cleaner

  • 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.
  • 7,300-8,200 oscillations and 30,000-33,000 pulsations (subject to model – see power delivery).
  • The Sensi UltraThin 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. Click the table to enlarge.

Two minute timer and quadpacer (professional timer)

The dentist recommended cleaning time for your teeth is 2 minutes, or 120 seconds.

Brushing modes, Daily Clean, Gum Care and Sensitive are programmed by run for this length of time.

From the moment the brush is turned on, a built in timer is activated.

At the end of the 2 minute cleaning cycle, the motor in the brush pauses and restarts briefly three times.

This pausing of the brush motor causes the brushing sensation to change as well as the sound of the brush.

This is your signal that the 2 minutes of brushing time has been achieved.

Normally at this point you would turn the toothbrush off, by holding the power button for 1-2 seconds.  You can continue to brush the teeth if you prefer.  The brush will not automatically turn itself off.

Pro Clean, and Whitening modes last longer than 2 minutes and the Tongue cleaning mode is shorter than this at just 20 seconds.

The same pausing action happens at the end of the programmed cleaning cycle time.

Although not present in all electric toothbrushes Oral-B manufacture, the vast majority have what Oral-B call a professional timer.

Also known as the quadpacer or 30 second timer, this is an additional feature which assists in the brushing routine.

During a 2 minute cleaning cycle, there are four periods of 30 seconds.  The idea behind the pacer is that you spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant of the mouth.

Imagine breaking the mouth up into four sections, upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.

If you spend 30 seconds cleaning the surfaces of the teeth in each quadrant, by the end of the 2 minutes, you will have brushes evenly around the mouth.

The professional timer/quadpacer helps you achieve this.

At 30 second intervals, there is a brief pause of the motor before it restarts again.

Like the 2 minute timer, this causes a change in the brushing sensation and the sound of the brush and is the alert you need to change from one quadrant to another.

If you have a Bluetooth enable toothbrush, the app will give visual representation of this timer and pacer feature on screen in real time.

With some models of toothbrush, you can turn this professional timer off and leave just the 2 minute timer enabled.  You will need to refer to the instructions for your Oral-B toothbrush for directions.

It is not normally possible to turn the standard toothbrush timer off, that runs for 2 minutes.

Power delivery – The number of oscillations, rotations and pulsations

As you may be aware, the small round brush heads from Oral-B move side to side in a circular motion.  They have what is known as an oscillating-rotating cleaning action, as shown in the following graphic.

The brush head moves thousands of times per minute.

The number of times the brush head oscillates does depend on the model of toothbrush you are using.

And to make things a little more complicated, the Pro, Smart and Genius series of brushes also have a third type of movement called pulsations.

The number of oscillations and pulsations of each Oral-B toothbrush is listed below:

  • Stages Power Kids
    • Oscillations: 7,600
    • Pulsations: 0
  • Junior
    • Oscillations: 7,800
    • Pulsations: 0
  • Junior Smart
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000
  • Teen
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000
  • Vitality
    • Oscillations: 7,800
    • Pulsations: 0

  • Pro 600/650/670/680
    • Oscillations: 8,800
    • Pulsations: 20,000
  • Pro 2 2000/2 2500/2 2900
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000
  • Pro 3 3000
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000
  • Smart 4 4000/4 4500/4 4900
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000

  • Smart 5 5000/5 5950
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000
  • SmartSeries 6000/6500
    • Oscillations: 8,800
    • Pulsations: 40,000
  • Smart 6 6000/6 6200
    • Oscillations: 9,900
    • Pulsations: 45,000
  • Genius 8000/8900
    • Oscillations: 10,500
    • Pulsations: 48,000

  • Genius 9000/9900
    • Oscillations: 10,500
    • Pulsations: 48,000
  • Genius X
    • Oscillations: 10,500
    • Pulsations: 48,000

Don’t be too worried about the number of oscillations, rotations and pulsations. Any electric toothbrush should clean the teeth better than a manual brush.

You don’t need to own the most powerful model.  Just cleaning your teeth regularly and with the correct technique is a big step forward in ensuring healthy teeth. Keeping a regular brushing routine is more useful than having a powerful brush. However, the theory is, the more movements of each, the better the brush can clean the teeth.

You should be aware though, that different cleaning modes use a different number of movements.  This means, that you could have the technically most powerful brush, but if you use the sensitive brushing mode, you will not be using the full power of the toothbrush.

Do I need to use special brush heads?

No, you do not necessarily need special brush heads.

But, Oral-B do offer specialised brush heads, which are designed and suited for particular cleaning modes.

You can use the standard CrossAction head for all cleaning modes, but the 3D White brush head is more effective when used with the Whitening mode for example.

My comprehensive guide to Oral-B brush heads, complete with video, explains this in more detail.

The choice is of course yours but it is advised to use the appropriate head to gain the maximum effect from each cleaning mode.

How do I change the brushing mode on my Oral-B toothbrush?

If your Oral-B toothbrush has only 1 cleaning mode, you cannot change it.  This is the only option you have.

If you brush has multiple cleaning modes, the way you change the mode depends on the model.

With the Pro and Smart brush handles, you have to press the power button to change the cleaning mode.

With the SmartSeries and Genius range, you press the separate cleaning mode button (a downwards arrow) to change the mode.

You can only change the brushing mode selected after you have pressed the power button to turn the brush on.

The brush will default to the standard daily clean mode upon being switched on, unless you have a Genius model, where it will use the mode previously selected on the handle.

Cleaning mode icons

With most Oral-B electric toothbrushes, it is not very easy to tell which cleaning mode you have selected.

The Teen, Pro and and Smart range of handles offer no icons or labels on the brush handle to show what mode you have activated.

You can only know what mode you have selected, by remembering the sequence of modes on that brush.

The modes available and their sequence is listed in the user guide.

With the Smart range of brushes, that have Bluetooth connectivity, if you are using the smartphone at the same time, the mode selected will be shown on screen.

If you are using one of the Genius series brush handles, then there are icons on the handle of the brush.

Each icon will be lit with a white light as that mode is selected.

Sadly, Oral-B do not use the name of the mode, you need to remember what the icon is, to know what mode you have selected.

The cleaning mode icons are shown in the following image.

Whilst some seem obvious others are not.

When the default, Daily Clean mode is selected or active, no icons light up.  There is no icon for this mode on the brush handle.

The icon with a tooth and a plus (+) icon is the Deep Clean/Pro Clean mode.

The icon of a feather is the sensitive cleaning mode.

The icon of a diamond is the whitening brushing mode.

The icon consisting of 3 wavy lines is the massage mode.

The icon of the tongue is the tongue cleaning mode.

Some brushes have, or work with a Smart Wireless Guide.  This guide is a small unit with a display that shows the brushing time and also shows the cleaning mode icons to help identify the cleaning mode in use.

The following image shows what the icons will look like on the smart wireless guide, they are the same icons found on the Genius brush handle.

Which brushes have which cleaning modes?

To make it easy to find brushes with a particular cleaning mode we have compiled the lists below. We also link to our review of a brush, and we link to its listing on Amazon in case you want to buy. We also recommend checking out other retailers, but Amazon is our go-to recommendation as they are often the cheapest.

To avoid repetition, we have only linked to the review/where to buy the first time it is mentioned.

Which brushes have daily clean mode?

This cleaning mode applies to the following Oral-B models:

Which brushes have gum care mode?

This cleaning mode applies to the following Oral-B models:

  • Pro 2 2000
  • Pro 2000
  • Pro 2 2500
  • Pro 2500 Black
  • Pro 3 3000
  • Pro 3000
  • Pro 4000
  • Pro 4500 Black
  • Smart 5 5000
  • Pro 5000
  • Smart 6 6000
  • SmartSeries 6000
  • SmartSeries 6500 Black
  • Pro 7000
  • Genius 8000
  • Genius 9000
  • Genius 10000
  • Genius X

Which brushes have sensitive mode?

This cleaning mode applies to the following Oral-B models:

  • Junior Smart
  • Teen
  • Pro 3000
  • Smart 4 4000
  • Pro 4000
  • Pro 4500 Black
  • Smart 4 4000
  • Smart 5 5000
  • Pro 5000
  • Smart 6 6000
  • Smart Series 6000
  • SmartSeries 6500 Black
  • Pro 7000
  • Genius 8000
  • Genius 9000
  • Genius 10000
  • Genius X

Which brushes have whitening mode?

This cleaning mode applies to the following Oral-B models:

  • Junior Smart
  • Teen
  • Pro 4000
  • Pro 4500 Black
  • Smart 5 5000
  • Pro 5000
  • Smart 6 6000
  • SmartSeries 6000
  • Smart Series 6500 Black
  • Pro 7000
  • Genius 8000
  • Genius 9000
  • Genius 10000
  • Genius X

Which brushes have deep clean mode?

This cleaning mode applies to the following Oral-B models:

  • Smart 5 5000
  • Smart 6 6000
  • SmartSeries 6000
  • SmartSeries 6500 Black
  • Pro 7000
  • Genius 8000
  • Genius 9000
  • Genius 10000
  • Genius X

Which brushes have tongue cleaning mode?

This cleaning mode applies to the following Oral-B models:

  • SmartSeries 6500 Black
  • Pro 7000
  • Genius 9000
  • Genius 10000
  • Genius X

How can I compare the Oral-B electric toothbrushes?

The following Oral-B electric toothbrush comparison chart shows the main brushes available and how they compare.  You can see which brushing modes each toothbrush has as well as checking whether or not it has a two minute timer and pacer.

Click the comparison table below to enlarge.

For more detailed hand on comparisons, see our written ones here or check out our YouTube channel page for more.

We hope this post help answer the questions you may have had about cleaning modes.

Your comments

Do you like or make use of particular modes on your Oral-B toothbrush?

Have you got something you want to share with others about the modes and the way they work?

Perhaps you have a question that I have not answered.

Leave a comment or question below.

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Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

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After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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123 thoughts on “Oral-B cleaning modes explained”

  1. I don’t know if this question can be answered, but which models allow the 30-second timer to be turned off? I understood that it might be possible via a bluetooth app, and would like an electric brush without the 30 second beep or pause.

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    • David.

      This is a good question. The following post I have written may help – https://www.electricteeth.co.uk/electric-toothbrushes-timers/

      Some brushes will and some will not. I can’t write a list off the top of my head, but you are going to be looking primairly at the ‘Smart’ or ‘Genius’ range from Oral-B.

      It does explain in the user manual if it can be done.

      If there is a specific model you are looking at I can check for you.

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      • Thank you for the link and the reply. I actually found an earlier reply of yours (two actually, to Scott and Sue below) wherein you pointed to the manual and the difference between the “Professional Timer” and the “2 minute Timer”.

        I’d like to also say thank you for the very helpful information on this site. For such specialist products that are purchased so seldom, it’s very difficult to know what to look out for and why features are or are not important. I found your information on the different brush heads most helpful, and wonder why the company that makes these products doesn’t provide it themselves!

        I will take my chances on a Genius 8000 and hope that the app allows the 30 second timer to be disabled. I find it an annoying and unwanted feature that has gone further than I believe a toothbrush ought to (as well meaning as I understand its inclusion to be!).

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        • David,

          Thanks for the kind words. I am so pleased to read that my content has helped you, that is the aim of everything I do.

          I like you don’t understand why manufacturers don’t provide it themselves, it would help many, me included. But, I hope I can fill the gap somewhat!

          You can change the timer on the Genius 8000. Taken from the manual:

          Your toothbrush comes with the «Professional» timer activated. To change this, pressand hold the mode button (4) for 2 seconds.
          Toggle between timer selection by pressing the on/off button (3). Confirm selection by pressing the mode button
          • 2 LED’s illuminated indicate «2-Minute» timer
          • 4 LED’s illuminated indicate «Professional» timer

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  2. I’ve seen talk of some Oral B brushes are more powerful than others with higher oscillations etc and that they all have the same batteries. But please tell me are the brushes more powerful i.e. have differing motors or just programmed to have more or less oscillations etc?
    If different motors are used what are the details please?
    Thanks
    Great site btw so helpful!

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    • Charlie.

      I can’t say 100% if they are different motors, or the same motors but rated at different power settings.

      More premium brushes tend to offer more movements etc. Whilst it can be beneficial, the biggest benefit is using an electric toothbrush correctly.

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  3. Hi, and thank you for your resource!
    Could you please discover where from was obtained an information on the Pro 2 oscillation and pulsation rate (9’900 and 45’000 respectively) as digging the web in choosing my brush I have never seen those figures before. Thanks in advance.

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  4. Hi, I have the oral b 8000 and I noticed that when I try to brush my back teeth where my wisdom teeth where removed the brush likes to stop and go. It’s quite difficult to get far back in my mouth and I need to apply pressure to clean my exposed teeth as my gums still haven’t filled in at the top where my wisdom teeth where removed. Is there a way to turn or pressure sensing. I believe the pressure sensor is causing the toothbrush to stop spinning when I try to deep clean these two teeth. I like to get all of the surroundings and I get quite frustrated when my toothbrush keeps stopping. I have a pretty small mouth so its a hard to reach area. I have trouble flossing those two back teeth b.c of my small mouth and my TMJ which causes my jaw to lock if opened too far. I even got my first ever cavity b.c of it. I’m 28years old and only just got my first cavity. I removed my top wisdom teeth at 25yr old. They were impacted. Only born with the top two.

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    • Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for the comment.

      When you say the brush likes to stop and go, is the brush head no longer moving at all or it does, but just slower?

      Does the red light below the brush head shine when this is happening?

      If the red light is coming on and the brush head is moving slower, it is the pressure sensor, which to my knowledge cannot be turned off.

      I understand the need to clean this area as best as possible, but brushing too hard is not advised.

      You may want to speak to your dentist, but you may find some specialist tools like a TePe right angled interdental brush may work better for you if space is very limited.

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  5. Hi. I have Oral B pro 6000N. I don’t understand is it possible to clean me teeth with Gum care mode or this mode is ised only tomassage my gum?
    Which mode is more gentle to my gum – Sensitive or Gure mode ?
    Can I use sensitive brush head with Gum care mode and can I use crossaction brush head with sensiteve mode?

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    • Hi Ivo.

      In which country did you buy the Pro 600N from Oral-B?

      The reason I ask, is because in the UK, the Pro 600 only comes with 1 cleaning mode only, Daily Clean mode and not the sensitive or gum care modes you mention.

      In other countries around the world, this may well be different.

      However, in answer to your question, you can clean both your teeth and gums with any cleaning mode.

      The idea behind the Gum Care mode is that it has a different number of brush head movements. The brush head gets faster and slower during the clean, to massage the gums and stimulate blood flow and help to make them healthy.

      The Sensitive cleaning mode uses just one consistent speed, but this is less than the normal Daily Clean mode.

      You can use any Oral-B brush head on any cleaning mode.

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  6. Hi. I’ve bought a Smart Series 6500 and cannot find the gum care mode. When pressing the mode button it moves through the first 4 options (daily clean, deep clean, sensitive, whitening) then back to daily clean, missing out gum care and tongue cleaning completely. I bought this device specifically for gum care. Would really appreciate your advice. Many thanks indeed.

    Reply
    • Hi Zola,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Have you connected the toothbrush to a smartphone using the Bluetooth connection?

      I suspect you might have and in doing so selected a particular ‘journey’ that may have disabled this mode.

      There is an option within settings to re-enable this.

      I can advise how to do this, but first, please let me know if you have made this pairing between brush and smartphone.

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  7. Hi Jon
    I’ve just bought a PRO2 2000W with the 3D whitening heads ( I didn’t know there were so many different ones). I have several crowns and I’m wondering if it’s safe to use this head on them or if I would be better with the cross head type brush. Do you have any information on this please.

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  8. Hi Jon,

    Thanks for all the helpful info 🙂 a lot easier to understand than the Oral B website itself…

    My question is about the rotations and pulsations of each toothbrush, I don’t suppose you have a chart with this info? I can’t seem to find clear info on this anywhere…
    I’m not too interested in all the fancy modes and app help, as I’m quite a thorough brush-er already. I am interested however as to making the brushing even more effective with a more powerful toothbrush.

    Thanks,
    Maya

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    • Maya.

      I have not created a chart. However if you scroll down to the ‘power delivery’ section of the article, there is a bit of explanation, which I hope will help.

      Only the top end brushes (genius range) are more powerful, but the reality is the extra power will not make significant or noticeable differences in most cases.

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  9. Hi. I have Smart series 6000 with 2 toothbrushes, but on one I can only choose 2 out of 5 modes and that is Daily Clean and Whitening.

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    • Hi Nikola,

      Thanks for the comment.

      It sounds to me like that brush with only Daily Clean and Whitening available has been paired to a smartphone. Within the Oral-B app a ‘journey’ or particular cleaning setup has been configured, which disables the other modes.

      Or the modes have been manually disabled within the settings of the app. Is this possible?

      If you connect the brush to the smartphone again, from within the app you can disable this journey and/or change the settings restore the cleaning modes.

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      • Hi Jon,

        Thank you very much, I did not know that the ‘journey’ disables some of the modes. Also I saw that through the app it is possible to manually disable modes.

        Thank you for the advice

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        • I had a similar problem with a new 4000 smartseries toothbrush. The journey offerred, gum cleaning, disabled the Daily Clean mode so I thought the toothbrush was not charging properly. Turning off bluetooth and doing a factory reset (hold 15 secs) showed that it was the app and your post explained what to look for. Cancelled journey and now working fine!

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  10. I have an older Oral B Triumph model. Still works very well but wondering if I am missing out on extra cleaning benefits of these newer models. Would you recommend upgrade? and why?

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    • Hi Audrey,

      If you triumph models is still working well then I see little point in upgrading.

      Yes, the motors in newer models are a bit more powerful but to be honest the differences are not considerable enough to warrant an upgrade for most people.

      I would suggest waiting until the brush fails or is on its last legs as it were before upgrading.

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  11. I bought the PRO2 2000W brush which mentions 3D WHITE on the box. What exactly is the meaning of this, given the brush doesn’t appear to do “Whitening Mode”??

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    • Wendy,

      You should find that the brush head provided with the Pro 2 2000W is the ‘3D White’ brush head, which has a polishing cup to help make the teeth whiter. There is no whitening mode, but the brush head can help.

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      • Thanks for this – OralB electric toothbrushes seems to be a total minefield!
        The head that came with my Pro 2 2000W has a pink centre – is that a “3D White” head, and are you supposed to fill the cup with “whitening” toothpaste?
        Also, whilst having someone to answer all my questions, (thank you) what is the 2000 about? The assistant in Superdrug yesterday said it was to do with the number of revolutions of the head. Is that correct? There’s a lot of difference between 600 and 3000!
        Many thanks for your help.

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        • Hi Wendy.

          The Pink (older versions were yellow) centre is the 3D White brush head.

          You do not need to fill the centre with whitening toothpaste. The cup is designed to ‘buff’ the teeth. You may find the following helpful – Oral-B Brush Heads Explained

          The assistant in Superdrug is very wrong! The name has nothing to do with the revolutions.

          A quick reference list of differences is available here.

          That image comparing the brushes I link to does not have the revolutions of the brush head listed, as this is more info than most need or care for.

          The Pro 2 2000 is more powerful than the 600, but the same as the 3000.

          The Pro 2 2000 that you have offers up to 9,900 oscillations and 45,000 pulsations per minute. More than enough cleaning power there.

          Happy to help if you need further assistance.

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  12. Both my husband I use the Oral B Smart 6 & we have each downloaded the app & linked our phones to it. I use the gum care mode & my husband uses 3D white, but how the the toothbrush recognise what mode to use for each person? Do we press the down arrow on the handle to change to our individual modes? I can’t find anything in the instructions regarding this. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Hi Tracy.

      The issue here is quite a simple, the toothbrush does not support multiple users and multiple phone connections.⚠

      This is disappointing and a feature I do wish Oral-B and Philips Sonicare addressed with their Bluetooth connected models.

      To achieve independent cleaning & tracking, what you and your husband appear to want, you will have to have your own toothbrushes, each connecting to your individual phones.

      You cannot use the same toothbrush.😢

      Sadly, I doubt this is the answer you wanted to hear.

      If you need more information or have any questions, please let me know.

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      • Hi Jon
        Many thanks for your reply.
        We will have to uninstall the Oral-b app on our phones & just use it as a normal toothbrush, which defeats the reason as to why we bought it! … how naff is that?! 🙁
        All the best

        Tracy

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  13. Hi there,
    I have the oral b 9000. Day 1 and quite impressed. However, I quite fancied trying the deep clean as a one off just now (and maybes once a month) but the options are locked to “whitening”, it seems the only way to change this is to reset the handle.. Is that correct?

    (also, 4 different kinds of brush heads.. Why? I went with the one the app told me to but what about the other 3? Those for different modes?)

    Reply
    • Hi Lee.

      The most likely reason the brush is locked to whitening mode is because a ‘Whitening Journey’ has been set within the Oral-B application on a smartphone. Did you pair the brush to your phone and set this?

      There are too options within the application settings to enable and disable modes, so this might also be why it is locked. You can edit the settings and make the change.

      If you need further assistance on this let me know.

      In regards to the brush heads, it can get complicated. Some are best suited to particular modes, but any can be used on any mode.

      The following video gives a brief overview as to why this is and the differences, with a full detailed explanation available here.

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      • Thanks for the prompt response.

        You are right, I did choose a whitening journey but I didn’t think it locked it at that and not let me access the other options.

        I do see there is an option to reset the heads but I don’t want to loose the so far short progress. 😊

        During the whitening journey I have added the extra 10seconds per section of mouth at the end of the normal clean so I think 3mins per clean will be enough. (I do hope that part makes sense to you. 😊)

        Thanks again – and for the record I only found this site last night and it has been great to read through some of the articles. Well done.

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        • Hi Lee.

          3 minutes is more than enough time for brushing. Dentists usually advise 2.

          No need to brush for longer than 3 though as you won’t be achieving much more cleanliness!

          Glad you have found our articles helpful.

          Perhaps when you have spent a few more weeks with the 9000 you can share your thoughts with us. Always good to hear what people think of brushes.

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    • Hi Jazmin.

      You do not have to change the brush heads to change the cleaning modes.

      There are several models of ‘5000’. Depending on the specific model you have you will either have to press the power button multiple times to change the mode or there may well be a separate button (under the power button), with a downwards facing arrow (>) that you press.

      I hope this helps.

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  14. I was looking at purchasing the 9000 as recommended by my dentist. However after reading your Q&A’s I’m wondering if I should spend that money? I want Daily Clean, Whitening, and Massage features. Can the latter be done with the Daily Clean option.

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    • Hi Greta.

      Thanks for the comment and question.

      The answer to the question is influenced a little by personal opinion and your needs.

      Daily Clean is not going to be as gentle as the massage/sensitive mode. If you opt for a model that does not have the more gentle Sensitive/Massage/Gum mode then you might find the Daily Clean to be a bit too powerful

      ‘Whitening’ can come as a result of using only the Daily Clean mode and a good toothpaste, you don’t necessarily ‘need’ the Whitening mode specifically.

      You might want to consider the Oral-B Smart 4 4000 that offers these modes.

      However, subject to the price as and when you come to buy the Genius may work out better value.

      I hope this helps.

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  15. Hi, I have just bought a genius 9000. Love it but seem to have lost any timers and can not get them back. Please advice me. Thanks

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    • Hi Deborah. Strange you have no timer at all. DOes anything happen at 30 second or 2 minute intervals? Have you been using the Bluetooth connected app? Perhaps changed some settings here? If you can give a little more info and I will do my best to assist.

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  16. I have a Genius 900 and somehow managed to switch from professional mode to 2 Mon timer and can’t get it to switch back tried following instructions in the manual but can’t get it back to professional what or where on the toothbrush brush is the led’s I should be looking for?

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    • Sue, If you are following the instruction in the manual then the mode should change.

      Press and hold the mode button for 2 seconds. Toggle between timer selection by pressing the on/off button. Confirm
      selection by pressing the mode button.

      2 LED’s illuminated indicate «2-Minute» timer
      4 LED’s illuminated indicate «Professional» timer

      If this is not working, you can also set/advance the timer functionality via Oral-B App.

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  17. Hi.
    I wanted to buy my first electrical tooth brush.
    I wanted to ask does whitening result with 600 is as same as advanced model which have 3D whitening mode.
    I really don’t need all features that advanced model offering. I need just daily clean and whitening.
    What do you suggest?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hi Ash,

      You will get some benefit from using the 3D White brush head on the Pro 600, but the Whitening mode found on more premium models does offer some extra advantages because the power settings are changed on that cleaning mode compared to the Daily Clean mode on the Pro 600.

      The actual difference in use might well be harder to tell though. The best value brush that offers both the normal Daily Clean mode and a Whitening mode is the Oral-B Smart 4 4000, available here.

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  18. Hi, we used the app to establish a pre-set mode, and now the modes won’t switch on the brush. We’ve uninstalled the app but no change? is it possible to reset to factory settings?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Mark,

      The easiest way is probably to install the app and connect the brush to the smartphone again. Within the app, check the settings as there is an option to reset the handle and you should then be all set.

      I hope that helps.

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  19. I have a dental industry promo (white boxed) “genius” not labeled genius 8000. It does state 12 day battery life but should I believe it to have the oscillating and pulsating power of a true genius 8000?

    Reply
    • Robert,

      As far as I know or understand, the dental promo versions have the exact same power as the retail units so I believe it would be right to believe it has the same oscillating and pulsating of a Genius 8000.

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    • Hi Corinne,

      The brush should have a cleaning mode button (a downward arrow) that allows you to change the cleaning mode. Does that help?

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  20. I have tried two new 9000 genius toothbrushes but both will not fully charge white light keeps flashing even after 24 ,hours Any comments please

    Reply
    • Hi Steve,

      How do you know they have not fully charged, because the White light does not go out/switch off?

      Perhaps try running one and see how much run time/days usage you get from it.

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  21. i don’t need a toothbrush to tell me anything. especially how long to brush my teeth. let alone a bothersome quadrant timer. how can you disable every “smart” useless feature on a oral b 6000 and turn it into a manual, buttons only practical electric toothbrush.

    Reply
    • Scott,

      If you don’t need all of these features, maybe looking at a more basic electric toothbrush is an option for you.

      Perhaps something like the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 might be a good choice.

      You can’t disable all of the features, but you can turn the quadpacer off and have just a 2 minute timer. Head to page 8 of this user manual for details on how to change the timer on the brush.

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  22. Hi there I’ve just had the Oral B 8000 for my birthday which I love! My teeth have never felt so clean. The question I have is I have set it on the whitening journey but the mode it uses is daily clean. I didn’t notice this for a few days and then when I changed it to whitening mode the app was telling me to change the mode. Is this correct? Would I get better results by ignoring it and switching to whitening mode? Also from reading the posts you mention it should tell you to move to the next quadrant. Mine doesn’t. Is this becayse of the whitening journey programme?

    Reply
    • Hi Helen.

      If you have setup a journey the app will complete a lot of the configuration for you. It will tell you what cleaning modes it will leave available for use. The modes it selects will depend on the configuration of the journey and your personal settings that have been configured.

      Just run with what it sets up for you as it has been specifically designed this way to achieve the best results.

      It is correct that the timer/pacer has been disabled as part of the whitening journey, when you set this up within the app it should have made you aware of this.

      Good luck, I hope you get the desired results.

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  23. Just purchased the oral b pro 2000, after the initial two minutes cleaning the brush continues to run. I expected it to automatically switch off, I’m actually having to switch it off manually. Is this correct?

    Reply
    • Hi Jake.

      Yes, this is correct. The brush does not automatically turn off. This is not a feature Oral-B offer. Sonicare and Colgate brushes do.

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        • Thanks Matt. There are different versions of the 5000 around the world.

          Does your brush have a cleaning mode button (and smartguide) as well as a power button? If so, try:

          Press and hold the brushing mode button for 3 seconds until the SmartGuide shows «:30» and «timer».

          Briefly press the on/off button to switch to the «2-Minute» timer. Push the mode button to confirm.

          If your rush is a Bluetooth connected model look at the app settings as you should be able to control from here.

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  24. Re: 8000 Genius

    Can the quadrant timer be turned off?

    If not, is there any model that doesn’t have a quadrant timer, or has one that can be turned off, and which is the best of those models?

    If not, which other brand of power toothbrush would you recommend?

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    • Hi Tom,

      Yes, the quadpacer/quadrant timer on the Genius 8000 can be turned off.

      On the brush you can choose between “Professional” or “2-Minute” timer.

      The “2-Minute” is the mode that you want, this does not have the quad pacer activated.

      The brushes come with the “Professional” timer activated. To change this, press and hold the mode button for 2 seconds. Toggle between timer selection by pressing the on/off button. Confirm selection by
      pressing the mode button.

      – 2 LED’s illuminated indicate “2-Minute” timer

      – 4 LED’s illuminated indicate “Professional” timer

      I hope this helps.

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        • Beckie,

          Thanks but sadly that does not give me enough information to say for sure and models around the world differ.

          If your brush has a wireless smart guide, you could try this that I have taken from an Ora-B manual.

          Timer – You can choose between «2-Minute» or «Professional» timer and «Count up» or «Countdown» timer.

          The «2-Minute» timer signals with four beeps and a Smiley on the SmartGuide that the dentist recommended 2-minute brushing time has been reached.

          The «Professional» timer signals with short beep sounds at 30-seconds intervals to move to the next quadrant of your mouth (45 seconds intervals within «Deep Clean» mode). A single
          beep indicates completion of the first quadrant, two beeps the second one, three beeps the third one and four beeps sound when you reach the recommended 2-minute brushing time.

          The timer memorises the elapsed brushing time, even when the handle is briefly switched off during brushing. The timer resets if pausing longer than 30 seconds or briefly pressing the mode button
          during pause. The «Count up» timer displays your actual brushing time.

          The «Count down» timer indicates the remaining brushing time.

          Personalizing the timer – Your toothbrush comes with the «Professional» and «Count up» timer activated. To change this, press and hold the brushing mode button for 3 seconds until the SmartGuide shows «:30» and «timer». Briefly press the on/off button to switch to the «2-Minute» timer. Push the mode button to confirm.

          The SmartGuide now shows «up» and «timer». Press the on/off button to switch to the «Count down» timer and confirm with the mode button. Leave the setup menu by pressing the mode button.

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  25. Hi there, I have just purchased my new toothbrush (can’t wait for it to arrive). I will be using the gum mode, I have what might be a silly question but have never had an electric toothbrush before… Do I use the gum mode after I have brushed my teeth ‘normally’ using the daily mode? And when in gum mode do I actually use the brush on just my gums? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Hi Shannon.

      Normally, you would use the ‘Gum Mode’ in preference to the normal ‘Daily Clean’ mode. So brush your teeth as you would normally, just with ‘Gum Mode’, you need not brush only your gums.

      There is nothing stopping you switching between the two modes and using a combination of, but normally users will stick to one mode. Gum mode will last for 2 minutes and operate at a different speed/power to the Daily Clean mode.

      If you need more assistance, please let us know.

      What brush have you gone for?

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      • Not a silly question at all Shannon, I’ve been reading so many comments hoping to come across someone asking this question!
        Though the answer was a bit disappointing, sorry Jon not your fault.
        It’s hassle if you want to have say a daily clean or whitening on your teeth but gum clean on your gums….having to manually swap over. You’d think there would be a setting especially with the fancier programmable Bluetooth brushes, where it allows 30 seconds per quadrant then it changes to the gum massage mode for 15/20 seconds extra before changing back to the original mode for the next quadrant. That would be really nice and worth the extra cost!
        BTW Jon with all you know about brushes I wonder which are you using?

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        • I use the Genius 9000 Charlie.

          I use this more because I can, than I need to.

          The cheaper and less featured Pro 2 2500 would be perfectly adequate.

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  26. Hi can u us the 3D white brush head on the oral b 3000 all the time or with it being a whitening brush will using it all the time damage your teeth ?

    Thanks geoff

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    • It is fine to use all the time. It will still do a good job, but for the best job for general cleaning the CrossAction is best in our opinion. The most important thing is to brush regularly!

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  27. Hi. I am a guy from Denmark, looking to replace my old, worn electric toothbrush, when I discovered your channel on Youtube.

    According to you, you are not able, to feel a difference in strength, if you compare the “Daily Clean” function!
    This is different from, what one would expect, when you look at the specifications of the Pro 600-series vs. the Pro 2000-series and up, it says they pulsate at 20.000 rpm vs. 40.000 rpm respectively.
    According to you, you are not able, to feel a difference in strength, if you compare the “Daily Clean” function!

    In a review on this danish test: http://www.pricerunner.dk/bedst-i-test/eltandborster , they claim, that the Pro 600 compared to Pro 2000, feels like it has a bad battery, and that the motor included, simply does not offer the same strength!

    I agree, the design looks quite the same, and also the weight is very similar, but could it be, that the Pro 2000-series has a different and more powerful battery?

    If not, I see absolutely no reason, buying anything else, than the cheapest one, because I am more than happy with just one mode, but would on the other hand, like the best and most effective cleaning of my teeth…

    Reply
    • Hi Torben,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I can confirm that this page will be soon updated to confirm that the Pro 2000 does offer more power than the Pro 600, we have obtained information that confirms this. These changed are pending, but have not been put live as yet.

      Despite the increased power of the 2000, I personally say that the difference is that considerable unless you compared the two side by side.

      Opinions on the feeling and performance are of course personal.

      So the Pro 600 is in our eyes perfectly acceptable. The 2000 is more powerful but I think it is harder to tell the difference. You may feel it is worth opting for this brush as a result of the increased power.

      It is not really until you then get to the much more premium models does the power step up ever so slightly again.

      If you need more information, please let me know.

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  28. Hello i have the Oral B pro 4000, and im very confusing about the order of the modes. Here a read that the sensitive mode is the third one. But i feel like the sensitive mode in my toothbrush is the second one. The first is obviusly the daily one, the second is exactly the same but less speed (that why i think is the sensitive), in the third and the fourth one, the spinning is irregular (start fast and slow down again and again) so i guess there are the gum care and whitening. In the box the sensitive mode is on the third place but in the instruction is on the second (but there’ isnt any place that actually tells you the order of the modes, i cant believe it……..) so please if you can help me

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  29. I have just purchased the Special Edition ‘Pink’ Pro2000 which has Daily Clean and Gum Care Modes.

    On the Box it say ‘3D White’ how do i get this mode as there is no ‘Whitening’ mode for the Pro2000?

    Or is this achieved by the 3D white head? – if so which mode do I use to achieve 3D White? Daily Clean or Gum Care or both?

    Thanks
    Kelly

    Reply
    • Hi Kelly,

      Sadly there is no whitening mode. This is a bit or a marketing ploy. The whitening is achieved by the brush head and not a specialised cleaning mode.

      Use the Daily Clean mode as this delivers more power and will help buff the teeth to a shine.

      If you want to help get whiter teeth, you could always try a whitening toothpaste to go along with your new brush.

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  30. my brush has all the modes, but for some reason it has locked onto whitening and daily clean, and I could not change it to the other modes. It says I am on a whitening journey but I can’t seem to cancel or change it. What do I need to do to get back to the full range of different modes?

    Reply
    • Hi Lee. Which brush do you have? If you have a Bluetooth enabled brush you can lock cleaning modes from the app. THis might be what has happened here so you will need to edit these within the app, sync and hopefully return all modes to their original working condition.

      Reply
    • Hi Deborah,

      This should be activated as standard out of the box. There is no on/off functionality for the timer to my knowledge.

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  31. Can I use the 3d White head on an Oral-B Pro 2500? The toothbrush doesn’t have a whitening mode, but will the head achieve a similar result?

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  32. My brush had the daily clean and gum cleaning setting . How frequently should I use the gum cleaning setting ? I assume I use it along side the daily clean – is that correct ?

    Reply
    • Helen.

      There is not a requirement to ‘have to’ use the gum care mode. It can be used in preference to or alongside the daily clean.

      For the best for you and your dental care needs, I advise speaking to your dentist for a professional opinion.

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  33. Hi. I have the 6500 model but I can’t get it to go back to professional mode I.e. The 45 seconds each quadrant. Also the icons on the smart guide only show daily cleaning. Whitening and tongue cleaning. How can I get the other icons back. Help.

    Reply
    • Hi Jeff.

      Here is the procedure from the manual. Are you following this?

      The «Professional» timer signals with short beep sounds at 30-seconds intervals to move to the next quadrant of your mouth (45 seconds intervals within «Deep Clean» mode) (picture 3, page 5). A single beep indicates completion of the first quadrant, two beeps the second one, three beeps the third one and four beeps sound when you reach the recommended 2-minute brushing time. The timer memorises the elapsed brushing time, even when the handle is briefly switched off during brushing. The timer resets if pausing longer than
      30 seconds or briefly pressing the mode button (d) during pause.

      The «Count up» timer displays your actual brushing time. The «Count down» timer indicates the remaining
      brushing time.

      Personalizing the timer
      Your toothbrush comes with the «Professional» and «Count up» timer activated. To change this, press and hold the brushing mode button for 3 seconds until the SmartGuide shows «:30» and «timer». Briefly press the on/off button to switch to the «2-Minute» timer. Push the mode button to confirm. The SmartGuide now shows «up» and «timer». Press the on/off button to switch to the «Count down» timer and confirm with the mode button. Leave the setup menu by pressing the mode button.

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  34. Can you describe the Journeys? In particular. I’m on the “Plaque Fighter” Journey and unlike a normal brushing session where the toothbrush vibrates after 30 seconds (for each quadrant of the mouth – I’m guessing top right, top left, bottom right, bottom left), the brush vibrates after 20 seconds and there are six sections on the “Quadrant Circle”. I’m not sure how to divide my mouth into 6 sections.

    Reply
    • Hi Trini,

      No problem on giving an explanation. There is certainly a way to split your teeth into 6 sections. See the image below to assist. Essentially you have top back left, top back right, top front, along with bottom back right, bottom back left and bottom front to get your 6 sections with 20 seconds spent cleaning each of the 6 sections. Where normally it is 60 seconds for the bottom teeth, with 30 seconds on the left and right, the way you split your mouth up now changes to cater for the rear and front teeth. We hope this helps.

      Mouth split into 6 cleaning sections

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  35. Hello,
    I have a pro-3000. How can i set the mode of brushing to “daily clean”, or “gum care” , or”sensitive”? When i press on the power button, the brush pulsates? to which mode this pulsating corresponds?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hi. When you press the power button it will launch into the ‘Daily Clean’ mode. Press it again and it will launch into ‘gum care’ and then another time for the ‘sensitive’ mode. Once more it will then turn off.

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