How to Use an Electric Toothbrush

By now you should already have chosen the best electric toothbrush suited to your needs. If you haven’t, read my previous article: Sonicare vs Oral-B – Choosing the Best Electric Toothbrush and my reviews to start you off. Now that you have your electric toothbrush it is important that you now know how to use it correctly. As similar as a manual and electric toothbrush look, using it is a different experience and you will need to learn how to use an electric toothbrush.

You may find watching these videos that Oral-B and Sonicare offer to be make learning easier:


1) Before anything, you need to check the battery level by looking at the battery indicator on the electric toothbrush. Unlike a manual toothbrush, you can’t just pick up the toothbrush and you ready to begin using it. Make sure your electric toothbrush is charged before you start brushing.

2) The next step is to apply toothpaste to the brush head and place the brush head inside your mouth, against your teeth. Placing it in your mouth stops the vibrating/rotating motion of the brush head from spraying toothpaste everywhere when it is turned on.

Dentist recommend to clean your teeth in 4 sections which are cleaned one after the other. Since the recommended brushing time is 2 minutes, 30 seconds should be spent brushing each quadrant of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left). If you’ve read the one of the previous articles, you know that most rechargeable electric toothbrushes have an interval time that indicates when 30 seconds have been spent on a section.

To clean the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth, tilt the brush head at a 45° angle and place it at the point where the teeth and gums meet. Doing this allows you to clean along the gum line and the angle of the brush head allows you to reach plaque in between teeth. These are areas where plaque builds up the most. The power and reach of an electric toothbrush doesn’t mean you don’t need to floss anymore. A brush head can reach between teeth nearly as well as floss can. To clean on top of your chewing surfaces just place the brush head flat on them.

3) Begin on one section of the mouth by slowly guiding the brush head along the outside surfaces of your teeth. After around 10 seconds transition to the inside surfaces and repeat this for your chewing surfaces. Roughly spend about 10 seconds each to clean all sides of your teeth.

It is important you understand that you are not required to vigorously scrub or press hard against your teeth like you may have done with a manual toothbrush. Many electric toothbrushes have pressure indicators that tell you when you are brushing too hard and relieve the pressure on your teeth. It is most effective just to guide the brush head along your teeth.

4) Repeat this process for each quadrant of the mouth.

5) After the 2 minutes, you might want to spend time to massage your gums by directing the toothbrush head towards the gums keeping the brush in a vertical plane.

6) Lastly move the brush head along your tongue and along the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria and plaque in those areas to freshen your breath.

7) Rinse your mouth with water and rinse your brush head.

After a couple days of practice brushing in this new way will start to feel like second nature. You can now be confident that you are providing the best cleaning experience for you teeth. Before you know it, you’ll be brushing your teeth with confidence knowing you’re using the clinically proven technology of a rechargeable electric toothbrush to clean your teeth.

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