How to Use an Electric Toothbrush

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How to Use an Electric Toothbrush

As human beings only get one replacement set of teeth, it is important to care for the teeth and establish good cleaning habits early on. Among the many ways in which one can care for teeth, brushing is considered to be very important.

Brushing as a technique for cavity prevention can be traced back to 3000 B.C in ancient Egypt, when Egyptians cared for their teeth with crude toothbrushes made from twigs and leaves. The toothbrush has developed considerably since then, and people have also become more proficient in using it. Modern technology has even brought electric toothbrushes that do most of the work. They provide superior care for teeth and do not require any additional time than the manual type.

Teeth health and longevity are closely tied to the amount of care provided for them. Since the electric brush is a great tool, learning how to use it properly plays a significant role in maintaining teeth health. Electric toothbrushes have become so common that they are sold at supermarkets and other mainstream retailers. Still, the wide variety offered on eBay is hard to match. 

The Essentials of Brushing Teeth

Many factors contribute to a job well done when it comes to brushing teeth. Among the more important things to consider is the type of brush itself, the technique used, and the time spent on brushing. These aspects are essential as disregarding any of them can lead to improper cleaning of teeth and decay.

Type of Toothbrush

The term 'electric toothbrush' does not refer to all electric powered toothbrushes as people often think. The general term that unites all electric powered toothbrushes is a 'power toothbrush'. Since the term is often confused, and the difference is mainly in speed, both types of powered toothbrushes are discussed here.

Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush can either rotate or move back and forth, simulating the movement of the hand. The speed of a circular brush is between 3,000 and 7,500 rotations per minute. Each rotation can be considered as effective as a single stroke from a manual toothbrush. The ones that go back and forth have a similar number of movements per minute, and if one considers that an average human can do about 300 strokes per minute, it can be concluded that the electric toothbrush accomplishes ten times more effective.

Sonic Toothbrushes

The sonic toothbrush offers 30,000 to 40,000 movements per minute. This large number suggests that it is 10 times more effective than an electric toothbrush and 100 times more effective than manual brushing. This type of brush goes back and forth and creates a vibrating motion. The rapid movements and vibrations are known to be highly effective in removing plaque from the teeth.

Bristles and Length of an Electric Toothbrush

When choosing a brush, make sure to pick one with softer bristles. The soft bristles reflect positively on gum health. Harder bristles can be rough on the gums and can cause bleeding especially when using high-speed brushes. The length of the bristles is also important. Better cleaning is achieved when the bristle tips form a texture rather than a flat surface, so a brush with uneven bristles is recommended.

Time to Use an Electric Toothbrush

Time is often overlooked as a contributing factor in proper cleaning of the teeth, but it is one of the more important ones. It is true that the number of strokes performed with an electric toothbrush is far greater than in the case of brushing manually, but the recommended brushing time still remains two minutes.

Circular Toothbrush

When using a circular brush, spend equal time cleaning each tooth individually. Circular toothbrushes are ideal for focusing on each tooth separately. To make sure not to get carried away, it helps to divide the brushing time with the number of teeth and monitor the process. A healthy adult has between 24 and 32 permanent teeth, suggesting a brushing time of four to five seconds per tooth.

Vibrating Toothbrush

The vibrating electric toothbrushes are used like the manual ones. Vibrating toothbrushes are less fit for individual cleaning, so the right approach is to divide the mouth in four different zones: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Spend at least half a minute on each of the zones to achieve good results.

Other Time Considerations

Teeth should be cleaned at least two times per day, and brushing before sleep is a must. The hours spent sleeping provide a good opportunity for bacteria to grow in the mouth. With today’s dynamic lifestyles, brushing teeth once before sleep, and again in morning, is an easy way to maintain teeth health.

It is also important to take time to wash the teeth with water. It is suggested that one minute be spent on the process. It might seem a bit excessive, but it is important in order to remove all toothpaste from the mouth. Rinsing the brush well is also important, as bacteria can develop on it too.

Technique in Using an Electric Toothbrush

Without a good brushing technique, all time spent on cleaning teeth is futile. Not even the best toothbrush can prevent cavities if it is not handled properly.

Cleaning The Front and The Back

When brushing in front of the mirror it is easy to forget the back of the teeth. The back of the teeth needs as much attention as the front and is equally prone to plaque and cavity formation. Not being able to see the results, it is harder to determine if a good job has been done in the back, but it is nevertheless important to still spend equal time cleaning both the front and the back. Remember that the last tooth in the jaw has one more side to clean. It is a common mistake to overlook that side, and this can also lead to tooth decay.

Massage the Gums

When cleaning the sides of the teeth, lower the brush to massage the gums. This makes the gums stronger and healthier, and healthy gums lead to healthy teeth. This also helps the gums detract from between the teeth, creating a more beautiful smile.

Do Not Press Hard

Applying some pressure can be beneficial to the cleaning process as it helps remove plaque from the teeth, but be careful not to overdo it. Too much pressure can lead to erosion of the tooth enamel. It can also damage the gums and expose the root, which is more sensitive to decay.

Brush The Tongue

Brushing the tongue helps maintain mouth hygiene. Regular cleaning reduces the number of bacteria in the mouth, creating a more healthy environment for the teeth. Caring for the tongue can also eliminate bad breath problems. If one finds it difficult to use an electric toothbrush, a tongue brush may be used instead. One can also find electric toothbrushes that come packaged with tongue scrubbers.

Practice Makes Perfect

Brushing with an electric toothbrush takes some getting used to, and the skill of the user improves over time. After a while, it becomes so natural that the whole process can be done without any thought. This, of course, is possible only when using the same type of toothbrush, as difference can be felt between different brands.

Buying an Electric Toothbrush on eBay

One can access a great selection of electric toothbrushes through eBay from the comfort of the home. The head of the electrical toothbrush is replaceable, so it is important to find one that has a good motor and battery life. Hence, having access to the wide range of choices offered on eBay is important.

To locate electric toothbrushes on eBay, just type in the query "electric toothbrush" in the search bar. The results can then be filtered by brand or by a specific category, such as adult toothbrushes. Replacement heads for all brands may also be included in the search results on eBay. This provides the opportunity to make an assessment on how much it can cost to maintain the brush over time. The replacement heads can be bought in bulk, an economically wise decision, especially if more than one member of the family uses the same brand. You may also use the "Advanced search" function available on eBay to obtain listings by parameters such as location of the item and type of seller.


An electric toothbrush is a great tool in maintaining the overall health of teeth. Choosing and using an electric toothbrush does not have to be a difficult task, although there are many considerations that one has to take into account when purchasing one. The type of electric toothbrush is an important factor. Sonic toothbrushes provide great cleaning, but even a regular electric toothbrush can be ten times more efficient than manual brushes.

When using an electric toothbrush, most of the same rules as those in the use of manual toothbrushes apply. Since the electric brush does most of the work, the job of the user is to guide the process and focus its efforts. Teeth need to be cleaned individually, and equal time should be spent on each tooth. Light pressure may be applied in order to remove plaque. Also, it is important to massage the gums with the brush.

Thanks to the wide range of choices it offers, eBay is a great resource for purchasing electric toothbrushes. One only needs to become familiar with the useful search functionalities and tools this website offers in order to make smart choices when it comes to purchasing electric toothbrushes.

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