All 020 staff regularly socialise. Whether they’re with a celebrity trying to pry tightly-sealed lips open for a few sought after answers or attending a product launch in some swanky hotel in Mayfair, at 020 we take personal hygiene very seriously. That’s why when we received Oral-B’s new electric toothbrush, which helps encourage people to brush by including a wireless interface we were intrigued.

Is it just another toothbrush I hear you ask while eating your breakfast removing a refugee cornflake from your upper gum? Well, I ask you, when was the last time you timed yourself brush your teeth? Electric toothbrushes have for some time wiggled and shaken at intervals indicating you are done with brushing but a lot of us never reach that far.

The Oral-B® Triumph with SmartGuide claims to take the guess work out of oral care by helping you do it right.

Having a look at the picture associated with this article you will also see the SmartGuide, which comes with the brush. The display guides you through the brushing process, quadrant by quadrant over a two-minute period, helping to promote optimised brushing habits. Not only does it help you to keep track of the time you brush your teeth but also how hard you are brushing them. If you brush too hard a red light will appear on the SmartGuide’s display. Great for kids who are learning to brush their teeth.

When I first saw the SmartGuide I thought it was a gimmick but it has stuck on me and although I don’t always brush my teeth for the whole two minutes I do try to do so at least 5 times a week, always keeping an eye on the display’s timer.

The brush has a long-lasting rechargeable battery, which will almost see you through a two-week holiday abroad providing you give it a full charge before setting off. Tried and tested by myself. It also comes with a hard case for protection. Obviously the toothbrush works without the SmartGuide so that need not be taken along and can be left at home to save space in your suitcase, although the display itself isn’t very big. The SmartGuide has two AA batteries which come with the product. It doesn’t take much power so after 4 months of use during testing it is still going strong with the original batteries.

The brush comes with a few different modes to brush your teeth, I personally used the default mode which seemed to work best for me. When you’re not using the toothbrush the display reverts to a clock, which is actually quite nice having a reminder of what time of the day it is whilst sitting on the John.

I give it the thumbs up, the toothbrush gives you that ‘cleaned by the dentist’ feel and the SmartGuide helps you be more vigilant with the length of your brushing times.

Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide is available from Boots, Amazon and selected department stores, priced around £139.99. Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide toothbrush will come with one Oral-B FlossAction™ and ProBright™ brush head, a SmartPlug™ charger, base station and travel case.