Brush Rush: Maximizing Your Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes make brushing teeth a breeze since the oscillating brush heads mimic regular brushing strokes. While it’s tempting to simply pass an electric toothbrush over your teeth quickly, there’s a proper and more effective way to maximize the device. By using an electric toothbrush correctly, you can get more cleaning done and noticeably reduce the chances of tooth decay and gum disease.

Proper handling is key to using an electric toothbrush. Since the bristled end oscillates on its own, you don’t have to vigorously rub the business end over your teeth to get brushing done. Be warned, however; brushing with a motorized brush without care might be too much for your gums, and could wound them. Hold your brush securely, and gently apply pressure with the device on your teeth to clean them.

Simply because electric brushes automate much of the teeth-brushing process, it doesn’t mean you can be complacent about your dental health. Consider visiting your dentist as needed in order to get a better idea of how your teeth are holding up. If the dentist notes that some teeth in a particular area are suffering from hidden decay and damage, you might want to prioritize the brushing of such areas and change the angle of your electric toothbrush to reach difficult spots in between teeth.

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