In this article, we are going to show you how to use an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth for optimum results.
For people who are still unaware what an electric toothbrush is, it is a toothbrush which is powered/motored.
By definition, an electric toothbrush is a toothbrush that makes rapid motions and automatically moves bristles either back and forth (oscillatory motion) or rotation-oscillation (where the brush head alternates clockwise and counterclockwise rotation), in order to clean teeth.
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In this article, we will focus on the technique of using this electric toothbrush to clean your teeth properly.
But before that let me tell you why you need to brush your teeth?
Yes, you got it right.
We need to brush our teeth to prevent them from decaying or from getting dental caries.
You know, the sugar in our food and beverages is the reason why we get dental caries. When we eat or drink something, the food particles with sugar in it get stuck into the fissures on the surface of the tooth and the interdental areas (the area between teeth). And cause teeth decay.
So to prevent this from happening, we need to rinse our mouth immediately after consuming food and beverages and brush twice a day. Also, brushing is necessary to keep our gums healthy and firm.
Although there are not enough studies to support the fact, many dentists believe that electric toothbrushes are far more effective in removing dental plaque and biofilm than the conventional ones.
How To Use Electric Toothbrush The Right Way?
The brushing technique that gives you the best results with regards to the removal of dental plaque and bacteria from the mouth is the ‘Bass Brushing Technique’.
From here you can learn how to brush your teeth using a conventional toothbrush.
The ‘Bass Brushing Technique’ suggests that you need to keep the bristles of your brush at an angle of 45° to the gum line (where the gum and the tooth meet). The brushing surface should cover the complete tooth and a part of the gum or the gingival surface.
As the electric toothbrushes these days, come with preset modes, which can be adjusted according to our needs depending on the surface we are brushing, brushing with electric brushes is far easier than brushing with a conventional toothbrush.
Brushing with an electric toothbrush requires a slightly different approach than our usual style of brushing. Remember to use the interdental brushes first followed by dental flossing before you start with your brushing routine.
As the electric toothbrushes have an oscillatory motion, which means they move backward and forwards, they don’t cause the gingival recession (cause the gums to recede) and don’t harm the tooth either.
Another point to remember is that the bristles or the rotating heads of the electric toothbrushes should cover half the gum as well while brushing the teeth.
Remember, these are not toothbrushes but are tooth and gum brushes.
Brushing Technique for Electric Toothbrush
Take a small amount of toothpaste, preferably fluoride toothpaste and start brushing your teeth.
- To begin with, place the head of the electric toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees to the gum line as mentioned earlier. The brushing surface should cover half the tooth surface and half the gum.
- The brush head should cover 2-4 teeth at once. Now start from the front side of your upper teeth or the anterior side of your upper incisors.
- Now start moving your brush slowly to the back. Remember, you can rotate your brush head. No need to keep it in one position, throughout. Once you reach the upper molars don’t forget to clean the backside as well.
- You finish the outer surfaces of your upper teeth first and then move on to the inside. You need to leave the electric brush head oscillating on each tooth for a few seconds.
The recommended brushing time for the full mouth is approximately 2 minutes. 1 minute for the upper teeth and one minute for the lower.
Remember to push the lips out of the way with the brush head while brushing your teeth.
Once you finish with brushing the inside of your upper teeth, start brushing the chewing surface (the occlusal surface) of your teeth. Like this, you would have covered all the surfaces of your upper teeth.
Now, follow the same brushing pattern for your lower teeth as well. Begin with the outer surface of the lower teeth followed by brushing on the inside and then the chewing and biting surfaces of the teeth.
Remember to get under the tongue while brushing the inner surfaces of the lower teeth. This is very important.
If you don’t get under the tongue, your tongue may have a tendency to push the toothbrush upwards while brushing, which may result in incomplete plaque and debris removal from the insides of your lower teeth.
And that’s how to brush teeth with electric toothbrush.
Use The Electric Toothbrush to Clean Your Tongue
Brushing your tongue at the end of the brushing process is an important step you can take in maintaining your total oral hygiene.
Use the slow speed mode of your electric toothbrush to clean the upper surface of the tongue. Don’t use the full speed mode as it may hurt the tongue surface.
Cleaning the tongue surface with the toothbrush removes millions of microorganisms that may have colonized on the surface. This is also helpful in getting rid of the bad breath you may be suffering from.
Why Is Massaging The Gum With Brush Head Necessary While Using An Electric Toothbrush?
Gum diseases are one of the main causes of teeth loss among individuals in the modern world. They can be called ‘silent killers’.
They usually don’t cause any pain in the beginning stages, but continue to cause irreversible damage to the supporting structure of the tooth and the alveolar bone, in the background.
They go unnoticed until the disease has reached a very bad state and most of the damage has been undone.
So it is important to take care of your gum health regularly. Brushing your teeth and massaging your gums are the two best ways to do that.
But please remember that faulty brushing techniques can do more harm than good to your gum health. If your gums look reddish or swollen after the brushing session, you may be doing something wrong.
Also, look out for any bleeding. If there are blood spots while brushing your teeth, you may be suffering from gingivitis and you need to consult with your dentist ASAP.