Proper Brushing Technique with the Sonicare Toothbrush

Recorded on January 10th, 2017

I went to the dentist the other day and the hygienist noted the amount of recession in my gums. I had always heard that flossing prevented that, but she said that brushing too hard can contribute to receding gums, as can not wearing your night guard. Oops.

I have majorly fallen off the night guard wagon, but am now re-pledged to keep up with it. I know the drill there. Clean it and wear it — every night.

The brushing, though. The hygienist blew my mind when she said, “Don’t brush too hard with the Sonicare. Lightly press it against the part where the gums and teeth meet and slowly move it to each tooth, leaving it still along the way and letting the brush do the work.” Huh? I thought that brushing up and down with it like with a regular toothbrush would be correct. I figured the extra motion provided by the motor would be even better.

Not so. The video above really drives it home. Also note the recommendation about angling it up or down. I’ve been doing it wrong for about 15 years!

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