Instructions for Electric (Power) Toothbrushes

The importance of using a set sequence of brushing movements is applicable when using an electric toothbrush. The question of whether or not an electric brush is better than a manual one has been asked many times. Both brushes allow a high level of oral hygiene to be achieved. However, research has shown that electric toothbrushes are more efficient, and many people report that they are easier to use.


Place the brush firmly on the hand piece. Grip the brush in the palm so that the bristles of the head are somewhat angled toward the gums (at an angle of approximately 70°). Try to allow the longer bristles to penetrate between the teeth, and take care that the bristles contact your gums.

Switch on the brush, place the head on the last tooth in the mouth (check the angle), and move the head gradually (over approximately 2 seconds) from the back to the front of this tooth.

Try to follow the contours of both the teeth and the gums. Place the brush head on the next tooth, and repeat this process.

Allow the electric toothbrush to do the work. It is not necessary to press hard or make brushing movements.

Use a timer! Many brushes will provide some form of signal after 30 seconds (the apparatus stops for a moment). This is the point at which to move on to a new part of the mouth. Remember to clean the brush and its head thoroughly when finished.