Tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps control plaque, which is the residue that can build up on teeth. Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use an electric brush) every three to four months.
A power toothbrush uses regular or rechargeable battery power. As you guide it along your teeth, the head of the power toothbrush vibrates and/or rotates to help clean your teeth. Rechargeable electric power toothbrushes that rotate and vibrate can remove more plaque and reduce gingivitis (gum inflammation) more than manual toothbrushes. Some power toothbrushes have timers to help you tell if you are brushing for the recommended amount of time.
People may find power toothbrushes easier to use than manual toothbrushes, particularly if they have conditions such as arthritis. Power toothbrushes are also a convenient option for caregivers who are brushing someone else's teeth.
A manual toothbrush does not have a power source, and does not vibrate or rotate in your mouth. A manual toothbrush can be an effective way to get your teeth clean as long as it is used with a proper brushing technique (see below).
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