An electric toothbrush is a toothbrush that makes rapid automatic bristle motions, either back-and-forth oscillation or rotation-oscillation in order to clean teeth.
Oral health is an important part of maintaining your overall well-being. Studies have shown that both manual and electric toothbrushes can be effective at keeping your oral cavity clean.
Using the Toothbrush
Charge the unit. You won’t be able to use an electronic toothbrush if your batteries are dead or it isn’t charged.
Maintain the integrity of your brush. Your electric toothbrush should have soft, nylon, and round-ended bristles for the most effective brushing.
Prepare your toothbrush. Run your toothbrush under some water and apply a pea-sized dab of toothpaste onto the brush. This can help prepare your toothbrush for the most effective cleaning of your teeth and oral cavity.
Divide your mouth into four quadrants. Dividing your mouth into the top, left, right, and bottom quadrants to tackle your brushing routine. This can help ensure that you brush each section of your teeth and mouth cavity.
Place toothbrush bristles along the gum line. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Keep the bristles in contact with your tooth surface and gum line, which can help ensure you get the most effective brush possible.
Brush from outer to inner tooth surfaces. Maintaining the 45-degree angle, brush the outer surfaces of two to three teeth using a back and forth rolling motion. Once you’ve completed this procedure for a quadrant, move to the inner surfaces of your teeth and repeat the same procedure.
Clean biting surfaces, your tongue, and soft palate. You’ll also need to brush your tongue and palate as well as the biting surfaces of your teeth. This can help remove debris and other odour-causing bacteria.
Brush gently and thoroughly. Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth, or about 30 seconds per quadrant. Doing this at least twice a day can help prevent cavities and tooth decay by minimizing the debris and bacteria in your mouth.
Floss between your teeth. Even with a thorough brushing, dentists recommend flossing your teeth twice a day. This can help remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth that brushing couldn’t reach.
Use an antiseptic mouth rinse. After you have brushed and flossed, rinse out your mouth with some clean water and a mouthwash.
Store your toothbrush. Once you’ve finished your brushing routine, rinse off the toothbrush head and return it to its storage unit.
Maintaining Oral Health
Brush and floss twice daily. Brushing and flossing each day as well as after meals may promote the health of your oral cavity. A clean environment may prevent cavities, infections, and stains.
Avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages. Foods and drinks containing sugar or acid can contribute to oral decay, and watch your intake can help maintain your oral health. Cleaning your teeth after consuming these items may minimize your risk of tooth decay and infection.
Avoid grinding your teeth. If you clench and grind your teeth, you may damage your teeth and mouth. If you’re a tooth-grinder, talk to your dentist about wearing a mouth guard
Use alcohol-free types of mouthwash and toothpaste. Mouthwashes and toothpaste that have alcohol may damage your enamel and overall oral health. Use toothpaste or mouthwashes that have no alcohol to minimize your risk for these problems.
Visit your dentist’s office regularly. Schedule regular checkups with your dentist at least twice a year. If you are having issues with your teeth, see your dentist more often. This can help promote the health of your teeth and mouth, and catch any problems in their early stages so that they don’t become major issues.