Many believe that a manual toothbrush and an electric one do not have much difference when it comes to effectiveness. To some extent, it is true.
But, using an electric toothbrush does have its advantages. For instance, you will not get tired quickly, as the physical effort involved is much lower than with a standard one.
But, mastering an electric toothbrush can be challenging if you are not following the right technique. So, this article will help you with a step-by-step guide to accomplish perfect oral health.
How to Use an Electric Toothbrush
1. Charge Your Toothbrush
First, make sure that your electric toothbrush has a battery installed in it. If it requires charging, then ensure that it is fully charged. Keep an extra set of batteries for situations where the battery is drained out completely, and you have forgotten to charge the device.
2. Keep Your Electric Toothbrush Head Clean
The head of your toothbrush needs to stay clean for providing you with effective oral health. Ensure that the bristles on its head are clean and soft.
When you use it regularly, its bristles will wear off and become hard. If you are not rinsing it properly with water after using, it can even taint with time. If that happens, and you notice a faded color of the bristles, replace the brush head as soon as possible.
Additionally, you should use electric toothbrush bristle with rounded edges. These are gentle on the gums and teeth, preventing any signs of bleeding or damage to the teeth enamel.
3. Prepare The Toothbrush Before You Start Brushing
To start brushing your teeth, you should rinse the bristles thoroughly with water first. After that, apply a small quantity of toothpaste (preferably pea-sized) on the head of the brush. If you like, you can also spread the toothpaste directly on your teeth with your toothbrush while keeping it off.
Once the paste is spread evenly, you can turn it on and start brushing.
Also, you should prefer a fluoride toothpaste over a normal one, as it can help remove plaque and strengthen the teeth much better.
4. Create Four Sections In Your Mouth For Effective Brushing
If you divide your mouth into four sections evenly, then you can follow an effective routine for brushing your teeth properly. That way, you are covering all four parts, bottom, right, left, and top of the mouth.
It doesn’t matter which section of the mouth you choose to brush first. You should do it as per your comfort. Just make sure to brush each section for 40 to 50 seconds. Hold the brush firmly but apply gentle pressure while doing so.
5. Place The Toothbrush Properly Along Your Gum Line
Keep the toothbrush at an angle of 45˚ between the tooth surface and gum line while brushing each surface gently. Start brushing from the outer surface and move towards the inner area. Keep the angle stable and maintain a rolling movement while brushing the outer surface of your teeth. Once you are done with the outer part, move the brush head to the inner section and repeat the same motion for brushing.
Do not keep the brush rotating at the gum line for too long, as it can lead to gum recession over extended usage. To brush the back surface of your front teeth, hold the brush in a vertical position first. Then, move the brush up and down the surface of the teeth gently. You have to use the front section of your toothbrush for this.
6. Place The Toothbrush Properly Along Your Gum Line
Next, move the brush to clean the soft palate, tongue and the biting surfaces in your mouth. This is important to prevent your mouth from populating with bacteria that feed on the debris and cause bad odour.
Scrub the tongue and biting surfaces back and forth gently. Follow a similar brushing motion for the palate area and the mouth roof.
7. Floss Between The Teeth
After brushing, you should also remember to floss your teeth. As per recommendation by dentists, you need to floss two times a day. Sometimes brushes are unable to reach certain places in your mouth where the food particles are stuck. Therefore, flossing your teeth after you brush can help with removing them. Be gentle while using a flossing thread, as too much pressure can cause bleeding in the gums.
8. Rinse Your Mouth After Brushing
After brushing and flossing your teeth and gum line, use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth. Studies show that using mouthwash can be beneficial for decreasing oral issues like gingivitis and plaque.
Furthermore, rinsing your mouth after flossing will remove all food particles that are left lingering in there.
9. Replace Your Toothbrush Back
After cleaning your mouth thoroughly, rinse the head of the toothbrush and replace it in the electric toothbrush holder it came with. Taking proper care of your toothbrush will help maintain its quality.
Do not cover the head back after using it, as it can lead to the promotion of bacteria on the bristles. Also, remember to keep the brush at a safe distance and in an upright position so that it is easy to reach every time you use it.
Remember to avoid brushing your teeth right after you had eaten a meal. Instead, rinse your mouth for removing any stuck food particles. If you like, you can chew a piece of gum to increase the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps improve the health of your teeth enamel.