Oral health is a crucial part of everyday grooming. Brushing your teeth protects your teeth and gums from gum disease and other conditions. It also saves you the embarrassment of people wrinkling their nose, holding their breath, or even turning away whenever you open your mouth to speak.
Investing in a good toothbrush – whether manual or electric is the first step towards good dental care. Electric toothbrushes are particularly very effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth and that’s why we’ll be focusing on how to use an electric toothbrush correctly.
You’re running late, don’t have the time to brush your teeth, what do you do? Well, you figure putting some toothpaste (or mouthwash) in your mouth and gurgling it, will help with the breath and you’ll brush once you get back, or not.
Here’s why you should take the time to brush your teeth properly with good fluoride toothpaste:
Before we look at the differences between manual and electric toothbrushes, it is worth mentioning that the latter use two types of technology – oscillating and sonic.
To clean your teeth, oscillating toothbrushes turn very fast in one direction and then the other. By fast we mean roughly 2,500 to 7,000 strokes per minute. Some of the best oscillating toothbrushes come from Oral-B.
Sonic toothbrushes vibrate side to side at approximately 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute. Both types can be relied upon to clean teeth effectively,
Some scientific evidence suggests that some electric toothbrushes push toothpaste, water, and saliva into areas that are hard to reach using manual toothbrushes. In other words, they clean your mouth better.
Electric toothbrushes are also ideal for a person with limited mobility like arthritis and other health conditions. Most have inbuilt timers that enable you to brush long enough to adequately remove plaque from teeth and gums and minimize the possibility of developing gum disease.
If you’re fitted with braces and find it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, an electric toothbrush may be the best option to help you maintain a clean mouth. They are also a fun way to get younger kids to embrace good oral hygiene.
On the flip side, an electric toothbrush is considerably more expensive than a manual brush. Dental experts recommend replacing the brush head with a new one every three to four months.
The electric brush must be powered for it to work so you’ll need to plug it into a power source or keep a set of batteries handy. Batteries run out fast and don’t provide enough power to move the brush need.
A manual toothbrush is lighter than its electric counterpart, packs light and you can take it with you anywhere. It’s also affordable, easily accessible and comes in an array of styles and heads.
Unfortunately, manual brushes don’t have timers making it difficult for you to know how long you have been brushing. Moreover, a person using a manual toothbrush is likely to brush harder which can hurt their teeth and gums.
Using an electric toothbrush is undeniably the best way to keep your teeth clean. That said, do you know how one properly? We’ll provide a detailed guide and share tips on how to use an electric toothbrush like a pro.
Start by running the toothbrush under water and apply a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. The thing about fluoride toothpaste is that it helps remove plaque and strengthen your teeth.
Think of your mouth in four parts – top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left. Spend 30 seconds or so on each section brushing the surface of every single tooth.
Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline. This position will help you get the best out of your electric toothbrush. Remember not to apply too much pressure as this can injure your teeth and gums.
Brush the outer surfaces on one section using back and forth motions as you maintain the 45-degree angle. Repeat the process on the inner surfaces of the teeth. Once you’re done with one section, you can move to the next until all four are done.
The biting surfaces on teeth are notorious for holding debris (food particles) while the tongue and soft palate harbouroduor-causing bacteria. Be gentle as you clean the biting surface, tongue and soft palate using back and forth motions.
Flossing can help remove food particles and plaque from spaces that brushes don’t reach. Once you’re done brushing, consider flossing. Hold the floss between your forefingers and thumbs and gently guide it between your teeth. Curve the floss against your tooth the minute it touches your gumline.
Next, rinse your mouth with water and an antiseptic mouthwash. Mouthwash may help remove germs and any lingering food particles.
Caring for your toothbrush will increase longevity and maintain its integrity. Rinse off the brush to remove toothpaste or debris and store it in an upright position in its storage unit.
Always keep your toothbrush powered and position the brush head at a 45-degree angle ensuring the bristles touch the surface of your teeth and the gumline.
You can apply the toothpaste to the electric toothbrush or use your finger to directly apply it on to each tooth. Both ways work; it’s a matter of preference.
Electric toothbrushes are effective, but they may not be able to reach and remove every food article or plaque in-between teeth. It’s these hard to reach spaces that floss tackles. Some dental care experts recommend flossing before brushing for a cleaner mouth.
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