How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth With an Electric Toothbrush?
Brushing your teeth is the very first step to total oral care. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are approved by the American Dental Association as effective tools for removing plaque and debris.
Electric toothbrushes oscillate far faster than anyone can brush their teeth. They reduce plaque by up to 21% more than manual brushing, while gingivitis is reduced by 11%.
Always look for oscillating electric toothbrushes rather than basic vibrating technology — they're far more effective. Given the improvements in the technology and brushes, you don't need to brush your teeth for as long.
We'll be showing you how long you should brush your teeth for using an electric toothbrush.
Basic Brushing Technique
Hold your electric toothbrush at a 45° angle against the gum line and make sure that you reach every area of your mouth. Move the brush back and forth, maintaining a circular motion addressing the front, back, and chewing surface of your teeth. Take care to work gently along your gum line. Always start by brushing the outside of your teeth first. Move on to the inside surface, with the chewing surface next. The second last is your tongue, and finally, the roof of your mouth.
Target Time for Brushing
You should aim to spend at least 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth. Don't forget to cover everywhere, which includes the upper and lower right and left your tongue, and your palette. Timers are particularly handy to make sure that you're brushing properly. Depending on the oscillation speed of your brush, the least amount of time that you'll ever need to spend brushing is two minutes.
Flossing and Mouthwash
Even though you're using an electric toothbrush, never neglect flossing and mouthwash. At the very least, follow up your brushing with manual dental flossing. A water flosser like a Waterpik or HydroFloss is, however, far more effective and promotes good tooth and gum health. It gives cleaning equal to that received from a professional oral hygienist when you opt for the best, proven brands and models.
Handling Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth doesn't mean that you need to brush your teeth for less time. Rather work more gently and use a brush with softer bristles. Good electric toothbrushes clean the teeth without irritating the gums at all. Consider adding a mouthwash for sensitive teeth to your cleaning routine. The best thing about an electric toothbrush is that it does all the work while you are allowed to take your time, cleaning your teeth as gently as is necessary.
Taking Care of Your Electric Toothbrush
Remember to take good care of your electric toothbrush. Allocate enough time into your brushing and flossing schedule to accommodate a light clean as well. As soon as your bristles show any signs of flatness, it is time for a replacement. However, if you're on a tight budget and are trying to make your cleaning tip last as long as possible, give this a try.
- Mix up a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water.
- Soak the cleaning tip of your toothbrush for fifteen to twenty minutes before rinsing it thoroughly and then soaking it in plain water, before rising again.
- Give it a spin in a big glass of clean water, and you've got a cleaned, sterilized tip of your toothbrush ready to go.
Own a Toothbrush? Get a Water Flosser as Well
Using a water flossing will forever change your mornings, midday, and evening rituals. Not only does an oral irrigation device leave your mouth feeling fresher than ever, it also promotes healthy teeth and gums at the same time.
The cleaning power far exceeds regular flossing, and there is really no better way to motivate good dental hygiene habits. Do you have kids or find it hard to slug your way to the basin? A water flosser is the best investment you'll ever make. With it and your electric toothbrush on hand, brushing is a sensation-rich pleasure.
Keeping up Good Dental Hygiene
Most dentists recommend that you brush your teeth three times a day, once after each meal. However, the bare minimum is twice a day — once upon waking and once before bed. Never forget to floss. Mouthwash is optional but recommended after flossing. Even if you don't use mouthwash, rinse well.
One of the best ways to make sure that you're brushing properly is to shop for an electric toothbrush that has an audible alert notifying you every 30 seconds. Otherwise, resort to using a timer on your phone. Alternatively, consider brushing your teeth mindfully, using the opportunity to count in mindful meditation reflective of the act itself.