Quite commonly, improper brushing of the teeth is generally the cause of oral hygiene problems and people wrongly believe that they need to brush teeth vigourously.
Toothpaste advertisements on television show models using a side to side action, while some people tell us their dentists suggest a cicular motion. Others use an up and down action
The likely consequence of using these actions is that you push your gums away from your teeth, thus creating pockets in the gums that harbour bacteria and start the process of infecting your gums.
An electric toothbrush allows you to reach areas, particularly behind the teeth, that manual toothbrushes cannot. Most importantly, you brush away from the gums to the teeth, one tooth at a time. The brush is doing the work, so brush lightly. Both front and back of teeth must be brushed this way.