Electric brushes take on most of the job of brushing your teeth. Despite this, dentists, examining patients, see that the owners of such devices make serious mistakes during hygiene procedures. How to properly care for your oral cavity and how to choose the right electric brush for adults and children?
What characteristics of an electric brush need to be considered
Before buying a brush, it is necessary to consult a dentist, since the condition of the teeth and gums determines the requirements for the properties of the passing model.
The bristles should be made of synthetic materials such as nylon. Natural villi can have hollow parts where bacteria will accumulate over time.
The stiffness of the bristles is selected by the doctor on an individual basis. Without his recommendation, you should not use brushes with hard fibers. Soft and very soft bristles are recommended for patients with sensitive enamel and gum problems, as well as for children. The rest will use medium-hard bristles.
Pay particular attention to the tips of the villi. For more delicate care, they are made rounded. Sharp bristles can scratch tooth enamel.
Battery or batteries
Battery-powered electric brushes lose power as their charge decreases. Therefore, the effectiveness of this tool may gradually decrease. In addition, buying it, the user also acquires the need to constantly spend money on batteries. The battery makes it possible to control the charge level before each cleaning and does not require additional costs.
Handle and weight
It is better to choose a handle with a curved shape made of non-slip materials. The weight of the device should not strain the hand for 3-5 minutes spent on cleansing the entire oral cavity. You should especially pay attention to these characteristics when choosing a brush for children.
Number of attachments
Multiple interchangeable brush heads allow you to use one electric brush for all family members. For example, purchasing a Glister ™ Smart Sonic Electric Toothbrush Set and replacement heads is more cost effective than purchasing several separate accessories for the entire family.
The vibrations of the electric brushes do not make loud noises. But those with sensitive hearing may experience discomfort even from a slight buzz. In this case, you should opt for silent ultrasonic models.
The latest models of electric brushes have been enhanced with features to improve the brushing experience. The most common among them:
- a timer that beeps when it’s time to move to the next zone in the mouth;
- pressure sensor, warning when to reduce the force of pressure on the cleaning head;
- compatibility with a mobile application that allows you to evaluate the result of the procedure and adjust the operating mode of the device.
How to brush your teeth properly
To maintain healthy teeth, hygiene procedures must be performed twice a day. They begin with the preparation of an electric tool:
- checking the charge level;
- wetting the bristles;
- applying paste on it.
A small ball about 5 mm in diameter is sufficient. Too much toothpaste can produce too much foam, which will interfere with thorough cleaning of the tooth enamel. Dentists note that the key to quality dental care is the correct brushing technique.
When brushing your teeth, it is recommended to follow a certain sequence.
1. Outside surface.
The toothbrush must be held at a 45 ° angle to the surface of the tooth so that it not only covers it, but also touches the gums. Do not press hard to avoid damaging the enamel. The head of the nozzle must be moved along the outer surface of the teeth, lingering for 1-2 seconds each. Repeated “sweeping” movements, as when using a simple brush, are not required – the electric head vibrates and thereby cleans out plaque.
2. Inner surface.
Here it is necessary to repeat the same movements as on the outside of the teeth. Observe an angle of 45 ° everywhere, with the exception of the front teeth. From them, dirt is removed by holding the electric brush vertically.
3. The upper surface of the chewing teeth.
On the teeth located behind the canines, you must carefully walk from above. It is best to do this starting with the back teeth and working towards the center.
These 3 steps should take at least 2 minutes. This is followed by:
- cleaning the gums, tongue, palate and inner surface of the cheeks (if the kit does not include a special attachment for these areas, you can use the turned off brush);
- cleaning the interdental spaces with dental floss;
- rinsing the mouth with a special solution.
How to care for an electric brush
To prevent the gadget itself from becoming a source of bacteria, you need to take time to care for it after each brushing your teeth:
- rinse the villi well from the remains of toothpaste;
- shake off the drops;
- leave to dry upright.
During drying, do not use lids, caps or cover the nozzle to prevent the appearance and growth of microbes on damp bristles.
In addition to daily care, you must:
- Treat the cleaning head with an antiseptic liquid 1-2 times a week;
- depending on the condition of the bristles, change the nozzle once every 3-6 months.
The battery-powered brush should not be kept connected to the mains at all times. This can negatively affect the capacity of the internal power supply. It is best to place the device on the base only when recharging is required.
Can a child brush his teeth with an electric brush?
The American Dental Association believes that caring for children’s teeth is equally effective with simple and electric brushes. When using the first, babies under three years old form the correct brushing technique. With the help of their parents, they learn to hold the brush and get used to hand movements, at the same time developing motor skills.
Closer to the age of three, children are more active in showing independence and may refuse the assistance of their parents, including when performing hygiene procedures. But it is still difficult for them to qualitatively clean the dirt from the teeth with an ordinary brush. Electric assistants facilitate this task, because the main movement is made by the mechanism. In addition, the bright design of the accessory arouses curiosity, and the child performs the daily ritual more willingly.
Children under 7 years old should use the electric brush with the help of a parent or under their supervision. This is necessary to control the correct position of the bristles and the degree of pressure.
Electric brushes are intended for children’s teeth:
- with a small size of the cleaning head;
- with soft bristles that do not damage fragile enamel;
- with a thick non-slip handle, which is comfortable for the child to handle.
When buying, you should focus on age marking.
The electric brush will make dental care for all family members easier and more thorough. But only in cooperation with its owner – he will be left with the observance of the order of operation of the device and the correct technique for brushing teeth.