Wet the bristles and titanium semiconductor with water. Saliva is sufficient outdoors - *see note.
Make certain there is an adequate light source (natural or artificial) necessary to activate the titanium semiconductor and solar panel. If you are brushing the back teeth surfaces the rod will receive limited direct light, so make sure you do not cover the solar panel with your hand as the solar panel will transfer the light to the rod even when light conditions are low.
The amount of light required for the ION5 to work effectively is the same level that would be required to power an electronic calculator. Sunlight works well, and also a well lit environment is equally sufficient.
Brush all surfaces of the tongue without using toothpaste, and especially first thing in the morning after stomach acids have accumulated.
Bear in mind that the tongue generally carries the most of the mouth’s bacteria! Continue to brush your teeth lightly and thoroughly in the same way as with an ordinary toothbrush. Concentrate on contacting the teeth rather than applying force. Unlike a conventional toothbrush, the ION5 eliminates the necessity to apply much pressure to the tooth surface.
Brush from the back of tongue (not in throat!) to the tip of the tongue. You may see discoloration on the bristles (concentrated bacteria and accumulation of acids), and so make sure you rinse the bristles repeatedly with water to remove this film. Once you feel the bristles and tongue are adequately clean then you can work on the tooth surfaces as there will be less concentration of bacteria in the mouth.
*Note: saliva is sufficient for brushing teeth outdoors, but in this case we don’t recommend you brush your tongue outdoors without a source of running water available to clean the bristles.
You will notice that your saliva will foam slightly when the toothbrush is working effectively. If you are using toothpaste, use very little as this can interfere with the natural anti-bacterial action that the ION5 provides through the ions and the natural bacteriostatic effect of titanium. Titanium is safe and is used in many medical applications worldwide.
Make sure you rinse the rod after each use (especially if you are using tooth paste). If you live in an area of hard water then carefully remove the handle from the head and clean the rod with bristles (your old toothbrush or a used head). This may be done once a month or if the rod has a build-up of calcium or toothpaste.