How to Brush with an Electric Toothbrush

How to Brush with an Electric Toothbrush

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With proper care and regular oral health checkups, your teeth should last a lifetime. One of the reasons why so many people suffer from issues of tooth decay is that they don’t brush their teeth thoroughly. It’s vital to brush your teeth for at least two minutes per day, twice a day. Furthermore, it’s essential for your teeth to be brushed properly. Using an electric toothbrush is an excellent way to ensure that you clean your teeth thoroughly, but even electric toothbrush uses must make sure they use the item correctly. Here are some tips from Teeth Mates on how to brush with an electric toothbrush.

Using an electric toothbrush can make oral hygiene easier because it handles many of the elements that people find problematic when brushing their teeth. For example, people often brush too hard, and this is dealt with by the toothbrush, which automatically rotates the bristles at an ideal speed.

There are some general tips for better teeth brushing that apply to traditional and electric toothbrushes. Remember to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line. Don’t scrub hard along the gum line, as this can irritate your gums. It’s also vital to brush (and floss) behind your lower (bottom) front teeth. If you’re at risk for plaque build-up or gum disease, consider adding an antiseptic mouth rinse to your daily oral hygiene regimen.

Most power toothbrushes use oscillating-rotating technology, which typically provides better oral health results than regular manual toothbrushes. The brushing action on an electric toothbrush is different from regular manual toothbrushes. The bristles are already moving in the proper way, so the only thing the user needs to do is guide it around their mouth.

To ensure you’re giving all areas of your mouth a proper cleaning with an electric toothbrush, divide your mouth into quadrants that you clean for 30-45 seconds each. This strategy will give you the two minutes of brushing you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

According to Oral-B, “Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes operate at anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 strokes on your teeth per minute, and because of this, it takes less time to do a thorough job. Some rechargeable electric toothbrushes have even more power.”

Though we used “electric toothbrush” a catchall term, it’s important to remember that some models are better at cleaning your teeth than others. If you’re looking for a high-quality electric toothbrush, Teeth Mates can help. Our site has electric toothbrush reviews, links to affordable electric toothbrushes, and more.

If you have questions about electric toothbrushes and other oral hygiene issues, Dr. Greg is here to help. You can see the answers to some commonly asked questions in the Ask Dr. Greg section of our website. If you don’t see the answer to your question there already, use the contact form on our site to send Dr. Greg a message.

About the Author Dr. Greg

Dr. Greg's experience in dentistry spans over 25 years serving patients of all ages. He's an advisor to and a consultant to many professional dental projects.