Have you used an electric toothbrush before? Or do you know how to correctly brush your teeth with some kind of toothbrush? It is important to note that electric toothbrushes, when used properly, can be better than manual ones.
Yet, no toothbrush in the world that can absolutely clean your teeth for you if your brushing technique is bad. Therefore, we are going to teach you how to use an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth.
What to use to brush your teeth properly
Research shows that nearly half (45%) of people make the switch to electric brushes because they believe it cleans better than a manual brush. Scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.
How to use an electric toothbrush
When using an electric toothbrush, hold the electric toothbrush with a little pressure at a 45 degree angle and hold it for 3 to 5 seconds on each tooth. Start right from the outside of the back of the upper teeth and brush all the way around the outside of the upper teeth until you hit the left side of the teeth. To brush the inside from back left to back right, then direct the brush under the very back teeth.
By beginning at the back inside right, moving the brush down to the lower teeth and repeating the process, to back inside left and then outside left all the way around to outside right. Then you can eventually clean the biting surfaces, adding a little more pressure. You don't have to scrub, you just spit the toothpaste out. And by starting near the back and brushing towards the top, you can finish by brushing your tongue.
Toothbrushing tip and tricks
Moving around a lot is the most common mistake people make while brushing their teeth. On the bottom, they do a little bit, then brush the biting surfaces on the top right, then back to the bottom, then the front teeth. This is an ineffectual and not very productive use of time. Brushing should be methodical, because you realise that each tooth has exactly the same amount of time spent on it. Here are some of tips and tricks:
- Floss before brushing - as fluoride cannot penetrate through sticky plaque
- Change your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three months.
- Don’t rinse too often – all the ingredients in toothpaste are there to help care for your mouth.
- Don’t scrub your teeth - watch your pressure.
- Use a medium textured toothbrush.
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
- Make sure you brush for the whole 2 minutes.
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