How to Brush With an Electric Toothbrush: Tips From the Experts
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How to Brush With an Electric Toothbrush: Tips From the Experts

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07 Jun How to Brush With an Electric Toothbrush: Tips From the Experts

The first electric toothbrush came out in 1954 for people with braces and motor-skills impairments.

As a country we are brushing too hard, which is causing receding gums, damaged teeth, and more cavities. In fact, for many people, brushing is doing more harm than good.

Read on to learn why and how to brush with an electric toothbrush.

Why Brush With an Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are much more adept at removing all the sticky plaque from your teeth. Plaque is very sticky and can’t be wiped off easily.

Rechargeable electric toothbrushes make cleaning your teeth incredibly fast–that’s part of their appeal. Even children will happily brush their teeth when they can use an electric toothbrush.

Most electric toothbrushes complete 5,000 to 30,000 strokes on your teeth each minute. This means that it takes much less time to do a good job than with a manual toothbrush.

Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes have built-in timers that tell help you brush for the appropriate amount of time (2 minutes). Some even come with 30-second beeps so that you spend an equal amount of time in each of the four sections of your mouth.

One of the main concerns a general dentist sees is that patients are brushing too hard. This causes gumline to recede and cause abrasion which may make your teeth hypersensitive to hot and cold.

If you have trouble brushing lightly, consider an electric toothbrush with pressure sensors that alert you when you’re brushing too hard.

An electric toothbrush doesn’t require any special care. When you’re done brushing, just rinse the brush head and let it air dry. Simple as that.

How to Brush With an Electric Toothbrush

When you use an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth you don’t need to scrub or press hard. The toothbrush automatically does the important work, your job is just to gently move the brush around to all teeth.

An electric toothbrush is a wise investment in your oral health. However, you still need to floss daily to ensure you have happy healthy gums. Dentists recommend you floss once a day right before you brush your teeth.

Before you brush, make sure your brush is charged. Check the indicator light to make sure. If it is charged, you are ready to begin.

Step 1

Holding the brush at a 45-degree angle, start with the outsides of your teeth. Guide the toothbrush from one tooth to the next. Hold the brush on each tooth for a few seconds before you move to the next one. Trace the shape of your teeth and the curves of your gums to ensure you get all the tiny areas.

Step 2

Repeat the same process for the inside of your teeth. You may need to angle the brush to reach behind the innermost teeth. This is where cavities are likely to form so don’t neglect these areas!

Step 3

repeat the same step for the flat (chewing) surfaces of your teeth.

Step 4

Run the brush along the roof of your mouth and your tongue. Poor tongue hygiene is one of the causes of bad breath. Kill off the bacteria by cleaning this area each time you brush.

Last of all, use the pointy thin brush head if your toothbrush comes with this attachment. this tool is ideal for removing trapped food in between your bottom teeth.

How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush?

When you are shopping around for an electric toothbrush there are several factors you should consider.

First, warranty. A rechargeable electric toothbrush is significantly more money than a $2 manual toothbrush so you want one that is going to last. Many electric toothbrushes offer a 2-year warranty. Read the fine print to see what this covers.

Next, take a look at what accessories are included. Some gadgets are just bells and whistles. However, a carrying case for when you travel and a charging stand are practical and useful.

Check out the modes each electric toothbrush offers. Many electric toothbrushes have several brushing modes. Extra modes don’t do a better job, but some people enjoy the sensitive mode or whitening options.

Look at the size of the brush head. It should be the size of your small teeth. Too large and it could miss those nooks and crannies where bacteria love to hang out.

Consider the rotation speed. In other words, how many brush strokes per minute will each electric toothbrush complete?

What about the tech? We live in an age where there’s an app for everything and teeth brushing is not an exception. The newest Oral-B brushes have Bluetooth connectivity to give you real-time feedback on your brushing habits.

Finally, choose an electric toothbrush that you like. That way you are most likely to use it daily and for the full two minutes recommended.

Although the price is always something to consider, remember that your oral health depends on this small piece of equipment.

If you are not sure, talk to your general dentist about what recommendations he or she has for you. Sometimes they sell them directly and can give you a reasonable price.

Final Thoughts

We hope this has been helpful in teaching you how to brush with an electric toothbrush.

Compared with manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes reduced dental plaque an extra 21%. Gingivitis after 3 months of usage was down an extra 11%.

These numbers are proof that an electric toothbrush is the way to go.

Need deep cleaning? Check out Dr. Allen for all your oral health needs.

Dr. Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen, DDS has been involved in dentistry since 2003, starting his career as a dental hygienist before completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UT Houston Dental Branch. Dr. Allen is a sixth generation Texan and was raised here in Central Texas. Learn more

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