Cleaning Your toothbrush and Applying Toothpaste
Toothbrushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hygiene and effective plaque removal. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important considerations for sound oral hygiene. Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.
To get the best brushing experience from your Sonicare, we recommend you apply a strip of paste or gel to the length of the brush head. Only switch on your toothbrush once the brush head is in your mouth.
Positioning the Brush
Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Your toothpaste should contain fluoride. If brushing is painful, switch to a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Holding the toothbrush handle in correct angle is very important, it helps you sweep away the plaque more effectively without spending more time and or energy. Position the brush head at an angle of approximately 45 degrees along the gumline. Use minimal pressure whilst brushing your teeth. A wrong angle or too much pressure can actually harm the gumline.
From Tooth to Tooth
Try to concentrate on one tooth at a time. As you go around your mouth, try to focus on one tooth for a few seconds. When that's done, move on to the next one. Whilst you slowly move the brush head from tooth to tooth, the longer bristles effectively clean in between your teeth. Additional use of floss is recommended.
Move the brush head slowly along the inner surfaces of all your teeth. Spend more time on the surfaces of your lower front teeth where tartar is most likely to develop. Flip the brush so that the bristles are resting along the inner side of one of your back bottom molars.
Clean your biting surfaces by travelling from tooth to tooth in a slow moving action. .
Hold the brush so that it's parallel to the biting surface of your teeth and Let your Sonicare do the work. Only put a gentle pressure to avoid damaging your gums. Pressing harder does more damage than good. Make sure to get behind the molars at the back, where bacteria like to hide.
Don't forget the hard-to-reach surfaces of your back teeth. The angled neck of your Sonicare makes it easier to reach these areas. Position the toothbrush so that it's perpendicular to your lips, or so that the bristles are resting on top of your bottom molars. The Sonic motions of the Sonicare toothbrush will work in an in-and-out motion that will sweep away the plaque, move from the back of your mouth to the front. Repeat on the other side of your mouth. When the bottom teeth are clean, flip the toothbrush over and work on the top molars.
Our teeth have multiple sides and on top of this they feature many nooks and crannies. So spending optimum amount of brushing time on each side is very important. Sonicare makes it easier to brush the recommended two minutes due to its built in Quadpacer ® Timer which bleeps every 30 seconds to remind you to move to the next section of your mouth. To make sure you brush evenly throughout the mouth, divide your mouth into four sections, outside top, inside top, outside bottom and inside bottom teeth. begin brushing from section-1 e.g. outside top teeth, and brush for 30 seconds before moving to section-2. Continue brushing for 30 seconds in each sections, progressing through all four sections until you have brushed for two minutes.
Even if your brush head doesn't look splayed after three months, Philips Sonicare advise you replace your existing head with a brand new one. This will ensure that your toothbrush feels brand new again. A worn out brush head can compromise the effectiveness of your Sonicare toothbrush. All Sonicare brush heads come with reminder bristles to help you remember to replace your brush heads. Sonicare offers two types of brush heads in each of their brush head range. (1) Standard: Designed to fit the natural shape of your teeth for a thorough clean. (2) Compact (Focused Clean): The smaller brush head size helps you easily maneuver the brush to focus on hard-to-reach- areas.