How to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush


Do you already have an electric toothbrush at home or are you still thinking about purchasing one? Either way you might be curious as to how to brush your teeth properly and how to adjust brushing in cases of tooth and gum disease? Our guide answers all your questions about oral hygiene with an electric toothbrush.

How to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush

Why an Electric Toothbrush?

  1. More efficient brushing than with a manual toothbrush

  2. Brushing becomes easier and more fun

  3. Improved health of gums and teeth

Electric toothbrush FAQ

Why use an electric toothbrush?

Brushing teeth with an electric toothbrush is quicker, more convenient and more efficient. In addition, electric toothbrushes are proven to fight tooth decay and gum disease more effectively than manual toothbrushes. They help keep your oral cavity healthy throughout your life.

Does an electric toothbrush clean teeth faster?

For a thorough cleanse, you need to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush for 2-3 minutes. To achieve the same results with a manual toothbrush, your teeth have to be brushed for up to 10 minutes. Furthermore, achieving the right brushing technique is much easier with an electric toothbrush.

For how many minutes and how often do teeth have to brushed with an electric toothbrush?

Ideally, you should brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes after each meal. This removes any residue from the oral cavity. Residue can lead to dental cavities and gum disease. Should you do not have time, at least brush your teeth in the mornings and evenings. In addition, rinse your mouth with water after any meals throughout the day.

Does an electric toothbrush clean teeth better than a manual one?

Electric toothbrushes perform significantly more movements per minute than can ever be achieved with a manual toothbrush. Independent studies have repeatedly confirmed their effectiveness in removing dental plaque and in fighting dental caries and gum disease.

What are the differences between electric toothbrushes?

The main difference is the way the brush head moves and how it removes plaque. Two technologies are available on the market - vibration and rotation-oscillation. Other differences are to be seen in additional features, such as a timer, pressure sensor, smartphone interface, etc.

Electric vs. manual toothbrush

When brushing teeth with a manual toothbrush, you guide the toothbrush with your hand and make brush movements with your wrists. An electric toothbrush does most of these movements for you. Keep the toothbrush in one place for a few seconds while brushing your teeth. The movement of the brush head cleans the area and allows you to move on to the next tooth. This way you gradually brush all your teeth. Read more about proper brushing technique below.

Can an electric toothbrush also be used by children?

Special children's electric toothbrushes are designed to be used from 3 years of age. An attractive design and often compatibility with a fun smartphone or tablet app can motivate children to brush their teeth properly. On the other hand, children should also learn how to properly brush their teeth using a manual toothbrush. You should keep monitoring your children's brushing technique for at least 8 years.

Toothpaste and Dental Hygiene Accessories for an Electric Toothbrush

Which toothpaste should I use with an electric toothbrush?

When brushing teeth with an electric toothbrush, you can use the same toothpaste you are used to. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the brush head and turn the toothbrush on only when it nears the teeth to prevent the toothpaste from spraying.

Which replacement head can I use for the toothbrush?

When buying replacement brush heads, make sure they are compatible with your toothbrush. Besides the standard, manufacturers also offer special brush heads designed for sensitive gums, teeth whitening, massage heads and even a tongue cleaning head.

How often should you replace the brush head?

The brush head should be replaced every three months. You can simply replace it at the start of every season. If the brush head shows any signs of damage, replace it more frequently. Some even have a wear indicator.

Does an electric toothbrush replace interdental brushes and dental floss?

Although an electric toothbrush cleans interdental spaces more thoroughly than a manual one, it does not replace interdental brushes. Definitely still keep using dental hygiene accessories, such as dental floss, interdental brushes and toothpicks.

The Correct Brushing Technique When Using an Electric Toothbrush

Divide the tooth cavity into 4 quadrants: upper left, lower left, upper right and lower right.
Brush each segment thoroughly for at least 30 seconds .

Do not forget to:

  • brush external tooth surfaces,
  • brush internal tooth surfaces,
  • brush chewing surfaces.

Total brushing time should be at least 2-3 minutes.

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Specifics of Brushing Teeth with an Electric Toothbrush When Tooth or Gum Disease Is Present

I suffer from gum inflammation

In your case, we recommend using special brush heads meant for sensitive gums. Regular use of an electric toothbrush promotes gum circulation, healing and helps maintain the overall health of the oral cavity.

I have periodontitis

The cause of periodontitis is chronic gum inflammation and may lead to gingival recession. Electric toothbrushes improve the health of gums and teeth and are also suitable for people suffering from periodontal disease.

I have sensitive teeth

If you suffer from tooth and gum sensitivity, we recommend that you choose an electric toothbrush that offers a sensitive brushing mode. These also usually have brush heads designed for sensitive gums.

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