Should I update my manual toothbrush to an electric?
When used appropriately, a manual toothbrush is as effective as a powered toothbrush. The key is to use a soft-bristle brush for at least one minute, using moderately soft, short strokes at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Start at one place and continue across the arch of teeth, covering the entire tooth surface – inner, outer, and chewing.
And try to remember, plaque is like wet bread – in other words, mush! You do not have to brush hard or long, just make sure you cover each tooth at the gumline at a 45-degree angle from the inside and the outside.