The Academy of General Dentistry says that the best toothbrush is the one you will actually use. If an electronic toothbrush will help you to reach the recommended two to three minutes of brushing for two to three times per day, then you should use an electronic toothbrush. But, for the average person, if you are comfortable brushing with a basic manual toothbrush, like the free one you get from our office during your cleaning appointments, then that’s what you should use. When you directly compare the cleaning power of both the manual toothbrush and the electric, there isn’t much difference. A study by Cochrane Oral Health Group found that powered toothbrushes reduce plaque and gingivitis by 7% to 17%. While this reduced amount of plaque is very, very helpful, the more important factor is the amount of time and frequency you brush. Remember that using a soft bristled brush is safest. Most folks who brush with a manual brush will brush aggressively, but for only about a minute on average. A softer bristle will help protect against premature enamel erosion. If you’re not sure which toothbrush is best for you and your smile, ask your hygienist at your next cleaning appointment. She will be able to discuss the ares where you have more plaque buildup and the best way to improve upon that by either changing your toothbrush, or simply changing your brushing technique.