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How to Use an Electric Toothbrush (the Right Way)

How to Use an Electric Toothbrush (the Right Way)

Everyone has probably heard about electric toothbrushes before. However, not everyone has actually learned how to properly use them. Most people first used an electric toothbrush when they were younger. Many people get electric toothbrushes when they get braces. Many orthodontists include an electric toothbrush when you pay for your braces treatment. 

When they give you your electric toothbrush, you typically are given some instruction on how to use it. To be honest, though, how many teenage children pay attention to any instruction they are given. Chances are you are an adult now and forgot how to use it how you are supposed to. Keep reading to find the proper way to brush them and some common errors. 

Don’t Forget the Water

Everyone knows that to brush your teeth, you need toothpaste. However, there are people out there that don’t wet their toothpaste after it is on their toothbrush. There are even some people that wet their toothbrushes and then apply the toothpaste.

There is no correct order between these two things, but you should definitely do them whenever you brush your teeth. Getting the toothpaste wet before brushing your teeth can help you while brushing them instead of using dry toothpaste

This is a pretty obvious step but one that needs to be mentioned regardless. If you didn’t do this before, you need to start doing it from now on if you want to brush your teeth the right way.

Do Get the Right Angle

Once you have put your toothpaste on your toothbrush and have wet it a little, you are ready to brush your teeth. Many of you out there will simply start brushing without putting much thought into how you are actually brushing your teeth.

The truth is that the angle of the toothbrush can actually impact how well you brush your teeth. It is recommended that you tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle whenever you are brushing your teeth in order to brush your teeth properly and get rid of cavity-causing bacteria. 

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of how important something as simple as the angle you use can have on brushing your teeth. Luckily, this is an extremely simple thing to fix. All you have to do is be more mindful when you are brushing your teeth and remember to tilt your brush a little instead of just brushing your teeth with it pointing straight at them.

This simple fix can have really positive effects on the health of your teeth. It will allow you to remove more cavity-causing bacteria from your teeth which will not only help prevent cavities but will also improve the overall health of your teeth. 

Do Go in Circles

Another important tip that many people aren’t aware of is that the motion that they use when brushing their teeth matters. Most people just start brushing back and forth whenever they are brushing their teeth. However, this is not the best way to brush your teeth.

The best way to remove bacteria from your teeth is to actually mix up the motions that you are using. One very effective way to do this is by moving your toothbrush in a circular motion which helps brush a larger surface of your teeth. 

If you don’t do this already, you will want to start doing it because it doesn’t take much effort and has positive effects. This is another thing that you just need to keep in mind in order to improve the way that you brush your teeth. 

Don’t Forget to Charge

This is a very common question that many people have. A lot of people charge their electric toothbrushes every night. Meanwhile, there are others who wait until it dies while they are brushing their teeth to charge it. The answer to how often you should charge your electric toothbrush might actually surprise you.

The answer is that you should wait until your toothbrush is at a low battery before charging it. How often you charge your toothbrush will have an impact on the battery life, which might cause it to stop working sooner. You should wait a couple of weeks or until it dies before charging it.

If you are someone that charges your toothbrush after every use, then you are going to want to stop doing that in order to extend the battery life of your toothbrush. There are some toothbrushes that have battery indicators which makes it easier to tell when you should plug your toothbrush in. 

This doesn’t impact the effectiveness or performance of your toothbrush, but it could make the difference between your toothbrush lasting you a couple of years and a decade. 

Final Thoughts

If you were young whenever you got your first electric toothbrush, or you got it as an adult, you might not have learned the proper way to brush your teeth with it. Although it is very similar to the proper way of brushing your teeth with a traditional toothbrush, there are just a few things that change.

Hopefully, you are now aware of the steps you should take while brushing your teeth. Now you can start brushing your teeth with your electric toothbrush the right way!