How To Use An Electric Toothbrush

How To Use An Electric Toothbrush

Key Takeaways:

  • Effective Brushing Technique: Remember to kindly use soft pressure with your electric toothbrush and take a gentle two minutes to brush, lovingly making sure you reach all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gum line. This will ensure the most loving and effective care for your beautiful smile.
  • Care and Maintenance: Maintain the longevity and effectiveness of your electric toothbrush by cleaning it after each use, replacing the brush head every three to four months, such as with our Plus Ultra’s Replacement Head Kits, and storing it in a dry, upright position.
  • Technological Advancements: Unlock the full potential of your oral care routine with versatile brushing modes, gum-protecting pressure sensors, and smart features offering real-time feedback. Elevate your dental hygiene with our guide, mastering optimal techniques and essential tips while embracing the latest technological advancements.

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Electric vs. Traditional Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes offer advanced technology and features designed to enhance oral hygiene, such as timers and pressure sensors, which help ensure thorough cleaning and prevent brushing too hard. On the other hand, traditional toothbrushes require manual effort and technique to achieve effective cleaning, relying heavily on the user's brushing skills. 

Electric toothbrushes can be particularly beneficial for individuals with limited mobility or those seeking a more effortless brushing experience. However, traditional toothbrushes are more affordable and easily accessible without batteries or charging. Choosing between electric and traditional toothbrushes depends on personal preference, specific dental needs, and lifestyle considerations.

How To Brush With An Electric Toothbrush

Choosing The Right Toothbrush

Selecting an electric toothbrush with a head size that comfortably fits your mouth and bristles that match your gum sensitivity is crucial. Look for models with timers and pressure sensors to enhance your brushing technique and protect your oral health. Consider toothbrushes endorsed by dental professionals and those with features that meet your specific dental needs.

Preparing To Brush

Before brushing, wet the bristle head and apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Start with the toothbrush turned off to position it correctly in your mouth, focusing on one quadrant at a time. This method ensures that the toothpaste doesn't splatter and that you cover all areas evenly.

The Brushing Process

Place the toothbrush head against your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gumline, and let the electric toothbrush do the work. Move the brush slowly across the teeth, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth for two minutes. Avoid pressing too hard; the bristles should lightly touch your teeth and gums, allowing the oscillation or vibration of the brush to effectively remove plaque and debris.

After Brushing

After completing the brushing cycle, rinse your toothbrush head thoroughly under running water. If possible, detach the head from the handle and let both parts air-dry to prevent bacterial growth. To maintain optimal dental hygiene, replace the toothbrush head every three months or sooner if the bristles appear worn out.

Why Choose An Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes offer efficient, tech-driven brushing, excelling in plaque and gingivitis removal. Studies consistently show electric toothbrushes reduce plaque by up to 21% and gingivitis by 11% more after three months.1 Advanced features like timers and sensors aid thorough, gentle brushing, ideal for users with limited mobility. The engaging experience of electric toothbrushes encourages enjoyable oral care habits for users of all ages. 

Potential Advantages For Oral Health

Electric toothbrushes offer more than plaque removal—they promote healthier gums, reduce tooth decay, and enhance your smile. Their effective action prevents gingivitis, making them ideal for those with braces. Efficient plaque and food particle removal fights bad breath. Some models also offer specialized modes for various dental needs. Explore the right electric toothbrush for you in the next section.

What To Look For In An Electric Toothbrush

Multiple Brushing Modes

Look for a toothbrush with different modes, such as Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, and Deep Clean. These modes allow you to customize your brushing experience and address various oral health needs. 

Built-In Timers

A built-in two-minute timer ensures you brush for the dentist-recommended amount of time. Some electric toothbrushes also feature a quad-pacer that signals every 30 seconds to remind you to move to a different quadrant of your mouth.

Pressure Sensors

Excessive pressure can damage your gums and tooth enamel. Electric toothbrushes with pressure sensors alert you when brushing too hard, helping protect your oral health.

Rechargeable Battery

Electric toothbrushes with long-lasting rechargeable batteries are more convenient and eco-friendly than those that require disposable batteries. Check the battery life to ensure it suits your lifestyle, especially if you travel frequently.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Some modern electric toothbrushes can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, offer real-time feedback on your brushing habits, track your performance over time, and sometimes even provide personalized tips and coaching.

Water Resistance

Since toothbrushes are used in a wet environment, ensure the electric toothbrush you choose is water-resistant.


Multiple Brushing Modes


Maintaining Your Electric Toothbrush

Caring for your electric toothbrush is essential for maintaining oral health and ensuring the device's longevity. Here is how to clean and maintain your toothbrush:

Effective Drying and Post-Use Rinse 

Shake off excess water, wipe the toothbrush with a towel, and store it upright in an open area for proper air drying. After each use, rinse the brush head under lukewarm tap water, allowing water to flow through the bristles to fully remove Plus Ultra’s Natural Toothpaste and debris.

Head Replacement and Cleaning 

Adhere to the ADA's advice by replacing the brush head every three to four months or when bristles fray.2 If possible, detach the brush head for thorough cleaning, aiding drying and preventing mold or mildew growth.

It's crucial to regularly replace the toothbrush heads of your electric toothbrush to maintain its effectiveness. Explore our selection of electric Oral B toothbrush head replacements that promote optimal plaque removal and gum health and ensure your brushing remains top-notch. 

Handle Maintenance 

Periodically clean the handle with a soft cloth, avoiding water submersion. Use antibacterial mouthwash to wipe the brush head for a deeper clean, ensuring bristle cleanliness.

Battery Care And Storage 

Preserve your rechargeable electric toothbrush battery life by following charging instructions—avoid overcharging and complete drainage. Store in a dry area and separate from other brushes to prevent cross-contamination. Avoid moisture-trapping caps on the brush head.


Effective Drying and Post-Use Rinse


Final Thoughts

Incorporating an electric toothbrush into your daily regimen is a game-changer for oral hygiene, offering superior plaque removal for a vibrant, healthy grin. It's a simple yet effective way to boost your dental care. Adopting this tool for your oral health routine is a smart move toward maintaining a clean and healthy smile.

With regular maintenance and proper use, such as switching to our eco-conscious replacement heads, you ensure the longevity and performance of your Philips Sonicare or Oral-B and positively impact the environment. Choosing an electric toothbrush with eco-friendly heads is a wise decision to achieve your healthiest smile and contribute to Mother Earth. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose an electric toothbrush over a manual one?

Using an electric toothbrush can lead to more effective removal of plaque and a reduction in gingivitis compared to manual brushing.

What types of electric toothbrushes are there? 

The main types are oscillating-rotating and sonic toothbrushes, each with a different cleaning action.

What features should I look for in an electric toothbrush? 

Consider features like multiple brushing modes, built-in timers, pressure sensors, rechargeable batteries, and Bluetooth connectivity.

How do I charge and set up my electric toothbrush for the first use? 

Charge the brush fully, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, typically for 16-24 hours before first use.

What are the different brushing modes on an electric toothbrush used for? 

Brushing modes are designed for specific oral care needs, such as daily cleaning, gum care, sensitive teeth, whitening, and deep cleaning.

How should I brush with an electric toothbrush? 

Place the brush head at a 45-degree angle to the gums, turn on the toothbrush, and gently guide it along all tooth surfaces for two minutes.

How long should I brush, and how do I ensure full coverage? 

Brush for two minutes, spending 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth to ensure full coverage.

How do I clean and maintain my electric toothbrush? 

Rinse the brush head after each use, clean the handle with a damp cloth periodically, and air-dry the toothbrush afterward.

How often should I replace the head of my electric toothbrush? 

Replace the toothbrush head every three to four months or sooner if the bristles fray.

How can I avoid tooth and gum damage when using an electric toothbrush? 

Use a light touch, allow the brush to do the work, and be mindful of the toothbrush's pressure sensor to avoid brushing too hard.


  1. Davidovich, E., Ccahuana‐Vasquez, R. A., Timm, H., Grender, J., & Zini, A. (2021). Randomised clinical study of plaque removal efficacy of an electric toothbrush in primary and mixed dentition. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 31(5), 657–663.
  2. How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush? Healthy Etiquette. (2019, November 21). Healthline.
  3. ‌Should You Floss Before or After Brushing? Research and More. (2019, December 16). Healthline.

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