Electric toothbrushes have become more and more popular for a number of reasons:

  • They do a good job of removing plaque and stains
  • They can be easier to manage than a manual toothbrush
  • They are fun to use

No matter why you’ve chosen an electric toothbrush, it’s important to use it correctly.

rendering of an electric toothbrush in action
Let the toothbrush do the work
man using electric toothbrush
Brush twice a day

How To Use An Electric Toothbrush

Once you’ve selected an electric toothbrush that suits your needs and a soft-bristled brush head, follow these instructions to ensure that you are properly cleaning your teeth:

  • Angle the brush against a tooth at a 90-degree angle then turn the toothbrush on, holding it gently against the tooth and gum for a few seconds. There’s no need to apply much pressure, as the toothbrush will do much of the work.
  • The inside teeth often get less attention than the others, so you may want to start with them. Otherwise, brush in any pattern you like, but remember to get the chewing surfaces of your rear teeth.
  • Your brushing routine should last about two minutes; if your electric toothbrush has a timer, be sure to use that feature to ensure that your brushing is thorough and complete.

Whatever kind of toothbrush you use, make sure you brush at least twice a day — preferably after each meal — and floss daily.

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