How to Use an Electric Toothbrush

Using an electric toothbrush is not difficult, but you should be aware that there are some differences between how you use an electric toothbrush compared to a regular manual toothbrush. This simple guide will tell you exactly how to best use your electric toothbrush to get the best results and maintain your great smile.

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for a total of 2 minutes in increments of 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth. If you have an electric toothbrush, it’s likely that it has a built-in timer to aid you in brushing for the proper amount of time.

Here are some quick guidelines to keep in mind before you use your electric toothbrush for the first time

Don’t manually brush with it: First of all, since an electric toothbrush is designed to vibrate or spin to clean, you do not want to manually brush with it like you would with a regular toothbrush. Doing this will possibly break the electric toothbrush, or cause the brush head to wear out faster than normal.

Don’t use too much pressure: It’s also important to keep in mind when learning how to use an electric toothbrush that you should make an effort not to use too much pressure. This is important for a few reasons; first of all, applying too much pressure is not good for your teeth and gums. If you use too much pressure, it can cause gum bleeding or damage to your teeth enamel. Second of all, using too much pressure can cause your brush head to break down faster. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in pressure sensors that will let you know when you’re pressing too hard. If you don’t already have an electric toothbrush, you might want to look for one that has a pressure sensor; they are very useful.

Keep your toothbrush fully charged: You should keep your electric toothbrush on its charger stand when it’s not in use. Although the batteries in electric toothbrushes usually last a long time, you’ll want to make sure that it’s fully charged so that it works at maximum efficiency. Many electric toothbrushes will have an indicator to let you know when it’s fully charged.

Be careful when brushing on the gumline: Be sure to use some caution when brushing around your gum line. If you let the toothbrush bristles rub on the gums, you may end up causing some bleeding.

Brushing your teeth with the electric toothbrush

When it’s time to brush your teeth with your electric toothbrush, it’s very easy to do so. First, wet the bristles and apply just as much toothpaste as you would to a regular toothbrush. Even though the head of an electric toothbrush may be smaller than that of a regular toothbrush, you still want to use the same amount of toothpaste.

Put the toothbrush in your mouth before turning it on: Put the toothbrush in your mouth and position it so that the bristles are angled toward the gumline and against your teeth. Be sure to do this before turning the electric toothbrush on, because otherwise you’ll probably end up splattering toothpaste everywhere due to how the toothbrush vibrates.

Start with the upper teeth. Apply some gentle pressure to the outside of them, a single tooth at a time. Move the brush gently around the surface of the tooth and move it back and forth so that it can clean between the teeth. Keep the brush on each tooth for a few seconds before you move onto the next one. When you finish cleaning the outside of the top teeth, do this again, but this time focus on the inside of the upper teeth. After you finish cleaning both the outer and inner surface of the upper teeth, repeat this again, but this time do it on your lower teeth.

Remember that dentists recommend you brush your teeth for 2 minutes total, so you should be spending around 30 seconds on each step – (upper outer, upper inner, lower outer, lower inner).

Don’t forget to clean your tongue, too. You can use your electric toothbrush turned off to clean the tongue, or you can use it turn on, whichever you prefer. You can also do this with the roof of your mouth as well.