We all know just how important oral hygiene is, at least to our smiles. However, proper oral hygiene can also improve overall health, and even help avoid heart problems. One of the most important parts of oral hygiene comes with brushing the teeth, so it is crucial for everyone to understand how to brush properly to effectively remove bacteria from tooth surfaces, but without causing any damage to the gums.
Buying toothbrushes is more than just picking the first one you see on the shelf, or choosing the least expensive one. Alternatively, choosing the most expensive toothbrushes will not provide magical results, either. Manual toothbrushes are great tools, however, they are usually misused by people, and this will often lead to numerous dental problems. Common problems with people who use manual toothbrushes include:
* Not brushing long enough
* Brushing too hard
* Brushing horizontally, potentially harming gum tissue
* Not using the right toothbrushes
* Choosing hard or abrasive bristles, wearing off tooth enamel
* Not changing toothbrushes often enough
Along with the manual toothbrushes, consumers have another option: the electric toothbrush, which was mistakenly considered the "lazy man's" toothbrush when it first hit the shelves. The truth is, using an electric toothbrush can resolve many of the above issues because the brush does most of the work. However, it is important to learn how to use an electric toothbrush, so that you reap all the rewards it brings.
How to Use an Electric Toothbrush
Firstly, these tools operate on rechargeable batteries, and so, the consumer must follow the manufacturer's charging recommendations, in order to achieve the longest battery life possible. Once charged, it is ready for use, and all that is necessary is to attach the head to the body. Choose a routine to follow at each brushing, meaning that you should start and finish at the same place each time, so that you do not forget any areas.
After applying toothpaste, place the electric toothbrush just barely touching the gum line, turn it on, and allow the spinning action to thoroughly brush each tooth, moving it about slowly. Remember to hold it at a 45 degree angle, like you would a manual toothbrush. Guide the brush along all the exposed tooth surfaces, i.e., the front, back, and chewing surfaces.
The benefits of using an electric toothbrush are that most will provide between 5,000 and 30,000 strokes each minute. That is far more than the amount of strokes someone can make using manual toothbrushes. So, you get a more thorough cleaning in less time, although it is still recommended to brush for a minimum of two minutes, even with electric toothbrushes. However, many of these are equipped with timers to guide users accordingly, ensuring they provide themselves with the best brushing possible. Once brushing is finished, just remove the brush head and rinse it thoroughly. Be sure to tap out excess water afterward, so that it may dry and discourage bacteria growth that could lead to other dental problems, like infections in the gums.