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Electric Toothbrush: Proper Brushing Techniques

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Manual toothbrushes average about 300 strokes per minute, while the electric alternative is capable of thousands or tens of thousands.

Both a manual and an Electric Toothbrush effectively keep our teeth clean. Regardless of your preference, brush for at least two minutes. Also, focus on the front and back of your teeth. Additionally, don’t neglect the teeth at the back of your mouth. Unfortunately, many people miss some of their teeth, which is how an electric toothbrush can help. Here is why switching to an electric toothbrush might be worth it and how to utilize proper brushing techniques

Reasons for Choosing an Electric Toothbrush 

Manual toothbrushes average about 300 strokes per minute, while the electric alternative is capable of thousands or tens of thousands. Electric toothbrushes reduce plaque accumulation and gingivitis more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Anyone can benefit from electric toothbrushes, but they work particularly well when it comes to: 

  • Individuals who have difficulty using their hands
  • Young children who are still learning about proper techniques and want their toothbrushing experience to be fun
  • People with braces who find it challenging to clean behind and around the braces 
  • Anyone with a lot of tartar buildup 

The Proper Techniques For an Electric Toothbrush

Most electric toothbrushes come with a built-in, two-minute timer and four or more cleaning modes. Some options have fun chimes that go off every thirty seconds to let you know a cycle is complete. When brushing, divide your mouth into four sections, including: 

  • The front of your teeth
  • The back of your teeth
  • Your teeth’s chewing surfaces and behind your back teeth
  • Your tongue and roof of your mouth

Also, it isn’t necessary to press hard or scrub. Be gingerly. If it’s hard to do so, invest in a toothbrush with pressure sensors that inform you when you are brushing too hard. Be thorough by aiming for one tooth at a time, depending on your teeth and brush head sizes. 

Step-by-Step Tips

  1. Ensure that your toothbrush has a decent charge before brushing. Most models come with an indicator light, letting you know when your brush is ready for use. Also, brush your teeth before brushing because it helps loosen food particles that your toothbrush can remove. 
  2. Brush at a 45-degree angle, going tooth by tooth and following the shape of each tooth and curve of your gums
  3. When you have finished the outer surfaces, brush the inner surfaces, and then again on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. 
  4. Brush your gumline! Some models have settings called “gum care.” 
  5. Clean your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove lingering food particles that cause bad breath

We also advise that you schedule a dental cleaning today if it’s been a while! 


You Can Trust Olney Dental for All of Your Dental Care Needs

For all of your oral care questions and concerns, Olney Dental has the expertise and professionalism to get them the answers they need. Olney Dental is ready to supply you with expert service in a professional environment. Schedule an appointment online today! For more information on how we can give your family the best dentist experience available, give us a call at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online. For more dental tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

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