These days, electric toothbrushes are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why: According to Consumer Report (Wadyka, 2020), studies have shown that battery-powered brushes are 21% better at blasting plaque and 11% more effective at beating gingivitis than their manual alternatives.
Thinking of making the leap to electric? Be sure to do a bit of research and brush up on your technique. Electric models do all the work for you, so you’ll have to switch up your style to get the best results.
Read on to discover what’s so great about going to a rotating brush, and then learn exactly how to brush your teeth with a rechargeable electric toothbrush. You’ll be well on your way to keeping your smile squeaky clean, while preventing plaque and gum disease.
Power to your pearly whites: The benefits of electric toothbrushes
As long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you deserve an A+ for oral health. So, whether you pick up a manual or battery-powered toothbrush, it’s up to your preference and budget. But, many of our patients have decided to invest in electric, and haven’t looked back since.
Brushing is a breeze with smart tech like built-in timers, pressure sensors and custom modes for whitening and sensitive teeth. Ultra-powerful pulsations produce tens of thousands of rotations per minute, delivering a thorough and deep clean to polish away plaque. Plus, models with compact, oscillating heads make it easy to surround each tooth and reach tough spots in the back of your mouth.
Charge up your skills: A handy guide to electric toothbrushes
So, how do you properly brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush? It’s more methodical than most are used to, but once you wrap your head around it, it’ll become second nature to you in no time.
- Work on your mouth in four quadrants: the top right, top left, bottom left and bottom right. You should spend 30 seconds on each section and 2 minutes brushing in total. If your electric brush has a timer, that’s even better, since you’ll get a full and even clean every time.
- Hold your brush perpendicular to the tooth, engaging the gumline. Use the bristles on the side furthest from the handle to rock back and forth between the teeth, also called the embrasure. Try to brush with the curvature of the teeth. This is the most effective method for removing plaque and food particles.
- Place the brush on the outside of each tooth for a few seconds at a time. There’s no need to press hard or scrub back and forth—the electric toothbrush will do that for you. Some brands may even buzz at you if you’re applying too much pressure.
- Move onto the next tooth, holding for a few seconds each time, until you cover the entire quadrant. Once you’ve completed the outside surfaces, be sure to brush the top, inside and back of your teeth, too.
- Repeat with the remaining three quadrants, ensuring you always spend 30 seconds on each section.
- Lastly, don’t forget to finish off with flossing, cradling each tooth in a C-motion toward your gum line.
Energize your brushing habits: Tips & takeaways
- Whether you go electric or manual, daily brushing and flossing are vital to good oral health
- Let your electric toothbrush work its magic and keep the pressure light to avoid wearing away at your gums
- Dock your brush in its charger after every use, so it’ll always be ready to work
- Always remove the head to rinse thoroughly and dry completely to avoid moisture contamination
- Replace the head every 3 months, or when the bristles become frayed