Electric tooth brushes are being increasingly recommended by dentists worldwide ,as a hygienic method of keeping the pearly whites healthy and plaque free. Those who have always used the traditional toothbrush for cleaning their teeth may find it a little difficult to shift to an electric toothbrush. So, what is the correct way of using an electric toothbrush?
What is an Electric Toothbrush?
An electric toothbrush is typically a toothbrush that runs on electric power, which is supplied by a battery or a charging station. The head of the electric brush moves rapidly with the help of the external power in two different modes. The oscillatory movement of the toothbrush head may be from one side to another or the entire head may rotate in both directions intermittently.
It is important to educate yourself about the correct method of using an electric brush to achieve the best results, before you rush to purchase one for yourself.
Steps to Use Electric Toothbrush
Electric Toothbrush should be Fully Charged Before Usage
It is important to ensure that the toothbrush is fully charged before usage. The batteries should be changed regularly for guaranteeing the best results.
It is advisable to keep the charger or the charging station close at hand, so that the toothbrush can be charged after use. It may be dangerous to keep the charger too close to a sink or a water source as it may cause electrocution. The light indicators on some of the toothbrushes signal the strength of the charge.
Apply Toothpaste and Start the Electric Brush
Once you have the toothbrush in hand, add an adequate quantity of fluoride or other recommended toothpaste on the bristles. Start the toothbrush by pressing the button.
Start Brushing from the Back of the Mouth
It is important to brush every single tooth in the dental setup. Some people tend to hurry through the brushing process, which leaves behind food debris and other embedded particles that becomes the breeding ground for plaque and bacterial growth.
Brushing should start from the back of the mouth and every tooth in center, side and at the posterior portion of the dental setup should be cleaned thoroughly. The entire process should take minimum two minutes and should be repeated twice a day.
Press the Electric Toothbrush Gently on the Teeth
It is very important to be extremely gentle while using an electric toothbrush. The oscillatory movements of the sane provide less control over the act than a manually held one.
Pressing the toothbrush very hard on the teeth may polish off the enamel or create gum problems that may be difficult to treat.
The Finishing Process
After you have finished brushing, it is important to switch off the electric toothbrush and keep it back on its charging point until fully charged for reuse. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water and use a good quality non alcoholic mouthwash to leave a fresh and tingling sensation in the mouth for a long time.
Renewal of Toothbrush Head
It is important to keep a close watch on the bristles present on the toothbrush. Regular brushing wears out the same and brings the teeth and gums in close contact with the harder portion of the brush, thus leading to damages and injury. Electric toothbrushes have heads that are replaceable after detaching and should be changed every three months for good results.