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A manual toothbrush will do a very good job when it comes to helping you keep your teeth clean and healthy. However, this doesn’t mean that electric toothbrushes aren’t useful. If you suffer from arthritis or another medical condition that makes it hard for you to handle a manual toothbrush effectively, using an electric model can help ensure that your teeth are getting the thorough cleaning they need. Electric toothbrushes are also known to be more effective at removing plaque and promoting gum health.

If you opt for an electric toothbrush, you should select one that you’ll be comfortable using every day. Your dentist may offer some recommendations, such as a model which moves the bristles with ultrasonic pulses or has a rotating-oscillating head. Premium models may come with additional features, like a rechargeable battery, several power levels to choose from or a timer that helps ensure you brush long enough. The brush heads will need to be replaced after a while, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations, just like you would replace a manual brush.