1. Keep it charged.
When it is not powered with electricity, your electric toothbrush is just a manual brush. Make sure that it is docked in its charger, or the battery is replaced if the power is dead. Make sure that the charger is easy to access always, but be sure not to place it just by the sink or any other water affected area.
2. Maintain the shape of the brush head
The brush head’s nylon bristles are subject to fade away after using a couple of months. Most of the brushes have indicators to notify when a replacement is needed. Make sure that you do your replacements as per the instructions of the manufacturer for optimal results. When you replace an old brush head with a new one, it provides not only a pleasant brushing experience but also a hygienic one. Because past, less efficient bristles are home for many bacteria.
3. Use only the adequate amount of toothpaste
Use an appropriate amount of toothpaste as directed by toothpaste manufacturers (Usually it is a pea-sized amount of toothpaste). Applying too much won’t do any good as it causes you to split away.
4. Do the job in quadrants
Virtually partition your mouth into four areas; top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. Start methodically from a top quadrant, preferably. Place the bristles with a 45-degree angle on the gum line (pointed up towards the gum). Be gentle and apply a little pressure. Start brushing in the shape of small circles. You can clean a couple of teeth at a time, not in a hurry.
5. Do a thorough job, but be methodical
Make sure that you spend at least 30 seconds in each portion. Remember to brush inner sides, outer sides, gaps between each tooth, and the surfaces are to be cleaned without fail. Spend at least 2 minutes overall. Caution! Do not apply too much or pressure on your teeth. It may damage your teeth as well as gums on a long term basis. Dentists recommend not to brush teeth immediately after having acidic foods or sodas as that will harmfully affect your enamel. Better to wait at least 40 minutes and longer is better!
6. Do not forget the tongue
Brush the tongue with proper care. You can remove bacteria and avoid bad breath by doing so.
7. Wash your mouth
Wash the mouth with a little water. But this is optional! If you prefer not to wash your mouth and bear the fluoride taste, you can be happy with a dirty mouth. Dentists say that there is no impact on the fluoride’s effectiveness, even if you wash your mouth after a brush.
8. Rinse the toothbrush
Remove the brush head, rinse it properly, allow it to dry placing in a proper place.
9. Finish with a mouth wash
Rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash. Remember, this is not compulsory.
10. Dock it back
Dock the brush back in the charger. This will allow your device to be ready at any time. If it is fully charged, unplug from the power socket.