Rechargeable electric toothbrushes (a.k.a. power toothbrushes) are great tools for helping you have healthy teeth and gums and fresh breath. Most people today have given electric toothbrushes a try; however, there are still some folks who are a bit leery of power toothbrushes. In this article, we will discuss how to use an electric toothbrush to your best advantage. Read on to learn more.
Handy Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Electric Tooth-Brushing Experience
Lots of people prefer using an electric toothbrush because it takes less effort and gets better results. You will want to discuss brushing technique with your dentist or dental hygienist to get oral hygiene tips specific to you; however, here are some general tips to get you started.
The key to using an electric toothbrush effectively is to be sure to guide it to all parts of your mouth. When you brush your teeth, it helps to mentally divide your mouth into four sections. They are:
- The upper right quadrant
- The upper left quadrant
- The lower right quadrant
- The lower left quadrant
- Begin by applying a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to the bristles. Be careful not to turn the brush on until you’ve placed the head of the brush in your mouth against your teeth. Otherwise, you may have a toothpaste splatter to clean up!
- When brushing each quadrant of your teeth, it’s best to start on the outside surfaces. Move the head of the brush gently from one tooth to another, and hold the head of the brush lightly against each tooth for a few seconds. Be sure to also allow the head of the brush to massage the curve of your gums.
- After brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth in one quadrant, moved to the inside surfaces of the same quadrant.
- After you’ve brushed the outer surfaces and inner surfaces of the teeth in one quadrant, move to the chewing surfaces.
- In each quadrant, be sure to guide the head of the brush all the way to the back of your back molars.
- After you finish brushing all four quadrants of your teeth, guide the head of your electric toothbrush over your gums. This massaging action simulates good circulation and promotes healthy gums.
To help prevent bad breath, graze the head of your toothbrush gently over the roof of your mouth and your tongue. Giving these areas a light, yet thorough cleaning twice a day will help keep your breath fresh.
Brush for 30 seconds in each quadrant for a total of two minutes at each brushing session. Modern electric toothbrushes are usually equipped with a handy two-minute timer that will help you be sure to brush for just the right amount of time. You should brush twice a day, morning and evening.
If you’ve never used an electric toothbrush before, it may feel a little strange at first. Just like anything else, after a little bit of practice you’ll get used to it and soon it will feel as if you been brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush all your life.
Brushing With An Electric Toothbrush Is Easier Than Brushing With A Manual Toothbrush
With a manual toothbrush, you have to rub the bristles up and down and back and forth on your teeth and your gums. This can be tiresome, and it can also be difficult for people who have arthritis or other mobility problems. With an electric toothbrush, you just lightly glide the bristles over your teeth. The brush does all the work.
Using An Electric Toothbrush When You Have Sensitive Teeth
Many people who have sensitive teeth are afraid that electric toothbrush might aggravate this problem. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Although electric toothbrushes do have superior plaque removing abilities, they are also much gentler than a manual toothbrush. This is especially true of models that are equipped with pressure sensors. Today’s smart toothbrushes are equipped with pressure sensors that let you know if you are applying too much pressure that might damage your teeth. This feature helps protect your sensitive teeth.
People who have sensitive teeth may have a lifelong problem with plaque buildup because they are so cautious about tooth brushing. Studies conducted in this century have shown that modern toothbrushes equipped with rotation oscillation action provide stellar results at removing plaque gently and effectively. Furthermore, this type of technology (which was introduced by Oral-B in the early 1990s) excels at reducing gum problems such as gingivitis.
Children And Electric Toothbrushes
It can be hard to get kids to brush their teeth, but modern electric toothbrushes with all the bells and whistles can be very motivating. Practically speaking, specially designed electric toothbrushes are easier to use for little hands. Of course, the fact that they also come in a wide variety of popular designs, colors and styles can help make tooth brushing a fun time of day.
Electric Toothbrush Technology Has Something For Everybody
It’s not just kids who enjoy electric toothbrush special technology. There are so many choices in electric toothbrushes today that you will surely be able to find exactly the right toothbrush to fit your hand, feel comfortable in your mouth, suit the level of sensitivity of your teeth and so on.
There are special models that provide extra gum massaging action, enhanced whitening benefits and extra gentleness for very sensitive teeth. Other features include digital reminders that help you remember when it’s time to change your brush head. Compatibility for multiple types of brush heads so that you can change bristle designs at will. You can also choose from a variety of brushing styles depending upon the brand of electric toothbrush you purchase.
Take Good Care Of Your Electric Toothbrush & It Will Take Good Care Of You!
Just as with any tool, taking care of your electric toothbrush will help it to work better and last longer. Here are a few tips to help you get the most value from your electric toothbrush purchase
- Be sure to charge your electric toothbrush properly. Read your users’ manual to find out how often it should be charged. Some electric toothbrushes should be charged daily. With others, allowing the battery to run down completely and then recharge fully is recommended. Check the digital indicator light to be sure your toothbrush is charged before using.
- Be sure to change your electric toothbrush heads on a regular basis. Generally speaking, you should responsibly discard your old toothbrush heads and replace them with new ones every three months.
- Thorough washing with hot water after every use should be plenty to keep your electric toothbrush head clean. Use of a UV light sanitizer is not really necessary.
- Use an electric toothbrush cover to keep your brush heads clean when traveling; however, it’s best not to cover toothbrush heads while they are damp. Be sure your toothbrush head is dry before you cover it.
- Keep your electric toothbrush clean. In addition to washing the brush heads thoroughly each day after using, you should also wipe the handle clean so that bacteria will not build up.
- If you have been ill, it’s a good idea to discard the brush head you used during your illness and replace it with a fresh one.
- Naturally, you should never share your electric toothbrush head with any other person. Every member of your family should have his or her own toothbrush head.
Using An Electric Toothbrush Can Revolutionize Your Oral Hygiene Care
If you’ve never used an electric toothbrush before, getting started can be a bit confusing and maybe even a bit scary. We hope that the tips and information presented here will help you transition from manual tooth brushing to electric tooth brushing. Once you experience the very big difference in oral health and hygiene a modern electric toothbrush can make, you’ll never turn back!