Like any other innovation, an electric toothbrush is bound to be put on a pedestal by some and dismissed as nonsense by others. While deciding on buying an electric toothbrush for yourself, it is important to keep in mind what are its advantages and disadvantages not only compared to manual toothbrushes but also concerning your expectations of it.
If you already own an electric toothbrush – good for you but do remember that it can always be better with just a little effort. Why go through all this trouble? Because knowing how to use an electric toothbrush properly is extremely important. It directly affects your oral health which in turn will affect your life.
How to use it for pleasure instead of pain?
Not a very good analogy but you do want to enjoy it rather than finding yourself in a mess so keep reading. There are many ways how to use an electric toothbrush and I’ll present a few here, not necessarily in order of efficiency.
First things first – brush your teeth! The idea behind the electric brush is that it will make brushing easier and increase the effectiveness of your oral care routine thus creating additional incentive to do it on daily basis without making huge efforts.
Now let’s go into details:
1. Switch off the power. It may seem like stupid advice but believe me, you don’t want to find out what happens by accident. Do you feel like your dentist is constantly nagging you? Now it’s time to make your dentist happy by giving him/her less work to do.
2. Put the toothbrush on the teeth. If you are used to manual brushing, this will take some time to adjust but once it clicks with you, it will become second nature. There are two options for how to place your brush – bristles down or bristles up.
Bristles up are most common and recommended for people with orthodontics (braces). The idea here is that there won’t be any pressure put on brackets or wires so they don’t move around which can lead to irritation of soft tissues in the mouth as well as broken appliances due to incessant movement inside the mouth. I use it when in doubt about the placement of brackets or if my wife is bugging me for whatever reason.
Bristles down are preferred by some people who are at risk for losing their appliances (e.g. seniors) – the idea here is that bristles won’t touch them and will prevent further loss. Also, I’ve heard that placing a brush this way gives you a feeling of deeper cleaning but I can’t verify that since I always feel like there’s more dirt on teeth after using a manual toothbrush than after an electric one so maybe not deep cleaning…
Regardless of how you choose to place your brush, keep in mind to never press too hard with it – especially when bristles are up! Hard pressing damages gums and if done over
An electric toothbrush is an improvement of the conventional one (most popular ones are battery operated). It replaces physical scrubbing with sonic waves which will make your brushing routine seem like a massage.
It is fun and relaxing.
An electric toothbrush can also be a great tool to fight certain oral conditions which you might have. It helps with gum disease, reduces plaque and bad breath. However, if you still don’t take care of your mouth properly electric toothbrush won’t help you much since it will just do your job for you only at the speed of sound instead of being almost as fast as lightning.
If you are experiencing dental problems then consult your dentist before using an electric toothbrush to avoid any harmful consequences from brushing too hard or applying too much force on bristles!
Using for health reasons
If there are no serious health concerns, it’s very important not to neglect manual toothbrushes. An electric toothbrush is very effective but it leaves some work for you to do also.
It’s hard to compare an electric toothbrush to a manual one since they are not doing the same work. The electric toothbrush has more power and various settings (at least two) which allow you to adjust its movement on your teeth.
You can change speed or certain brushing modes (soft, medium, or strong). It also gives you more control over how much pressure will be applied to the bristles of your toothbrush. If you set it on maximum strength, the sonic waves will make the bristles move faster thus applying more force on them.
So if you are having issues with your gums or teeth, it’s best to take care of them with a manual brush first (e.g. bleeding gums). Then switch to an electric toothbrush and adjust the settings depending on how hard you like to press your brush. The more pressure, the harder bristles will move which increases the risk of gum damage.
It is important not to overuse an electric toothbrush since after a couple of minutes brushing becomes very boring (especially when bristles are up ). Boredom leads us to rush our routine which means we tend to apply too much force on teeth thus potentially doing more harm than good.
You can also use an electric toothbrush for backup in case you cannot afford two brushes. If you are traveling, for instance, having an electric toothbrush will allow you to brush your teeth even if there is no water or toothpaste around.
It’s best not to overlook manual toothbrush since it also has its pros – e.g. being much cheaper than owning another one, easy to use and clean since it doesn’t have a battery inside, can be used by everyone in the household (e.g. kids who don’t know how to use an electric toothbrush ), etc.
Is an electric toothbrush a good gift?
Yes, Using an electric toothbrush is a good gift for everyone since it helps fight gum disease and bad breath. It’s especially nice to get one as a surprise since most people do not expect this kind of a gift.
Are electric toothbrushes meant to be shared?
Yes, Electric toothbrushes can be shared by a family since they are not as expensive as one might think. However, it is important to sanitize the brush head at least once a week with an antibacterial solution or put some alcohol on bristles to kill germs before using it for another person.
Can 2 people use 1 electric toothbrush?
Yes, it is not recommended to use your electric toothbrush for more than one person since it’s not designed that way.
Can you pleasure yourself with an electric toothbrush?
Yes. It feels like getting a regular one but with stronger vibrations. Also for women, it’s an excellent replacement for the massaging sex toy since it will give them great pleasure due to its vibration and gentle touch on lips, nipples, etc. Men too can use an electric toothbrush during masturbation for extra pleasure.