1. Keep it charged.
When it is not powered with electricity, your electric toothbrush is just a manual brush. Always make sure that it is docked in its charger or the replace the batteries 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 involved area.
2. Maintain the shape of the brush head
The brush head’s nylon bristles are subject to fade away after using 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 not only provides you a good brushing experience, but also a hygienic one. Because old less efficient bristles are a home for number of bacteria.
3. Use only the adequate amount of toothpaste
Use adequate amount of toothpaste as directed by tooth paste manufacturers (Usually it is a pea sized amount of toothpaste). Appling too much won’t do any good as it causes you to split away.
4. Do the job in quadrants
Virtually partition your mouth in to 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 brush couple of teeth at a time, not in 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 brushed 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 long term basis. Dentists recommend not to brush teeth immediately after having acidic foods or sodas as that will harmfully effect your enamel. Better to wait at least 40 minutes and longer is better!
6. Do not forget the tongue
Brush the tongue with good 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 an unwashed mouth. Dentists say that there is no impact to the effectiveness of the fluoride 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.