How to Use an Electric Toothbrush?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes are considered effective at removing plaque, but you have to use the proper technique for either of them to be effective. Now I know electric toothbrushes are usually more expensive than regular manual toothbrushes. But lots of people prefer electric toothbrushes. 

Today let's talk about how to properly use an electric toothbrush.

First things first let me tell you what not to do. You're not going to scrub back and forth and really whether you're using an electric toothbrush or even a regular manual toothbrush. You should never scrub brush always use gentle motions, but actually in the case of electric toothbrushes, you barely want to use any motions. The goal is to glide the electric toothbrush along your gum line and let it do the work for you. 

The harder the better with brushing is not true. So keeping that in mind with a gentle soft grip. You want to position your toothbrush head toward the gum line making sure the brush is touching both the tooth and the gum line, and then you just follow along your gum line on all the fronts backs and tops of your teeth, also known as the chewing surfaces. 

Now most electric toothbrushes have some kind of built-in timer. It either beeps or pauses in some kind of time increment. Always refer to the brushing instructions that came with your electric toothbrush for exact details on how yours works.

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For example, one electric toothbrush I'm using it pauses every 30 seconds. So since you should be brushing for the full two minutes each time for your entire mouth, you will do 30 seconds and 30 seconds on the top and then 30 seconds and 30 seconds on the bottom. I personally like to start on the top right, so I'll do all the outsides of the teeth on my top right, and then all the insides and then the chewing surfaces again. I'm just slowly guiding the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth following the curve of the teeth and the gums.

Once it pauses, you'll hear that noise or the absence of noise. I will move to the next quadrant or section of my mouth. The top left now for me and do the exact same thing all over again and again. Don't forget to allow the electric toothbrush to do the work for you. Hold the brush head in place for a few seconds on each tooth before moving on to the next tooth, and always apply gentle pressure. I can't stress enough how important it is to not press super hard.

Then I'll brush 30 seconds on the lower left section and then 30 seconds on the lower right section, totaling in a full two minute brushing session, and don't forget to clean in between your teeth.iin addition to brushing, you can use floss or a water flosser or an interdental aid.


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