If you use a manual toothbrush properly, including brushing with good technique for two to three minutes twice a day, it can be just as effective as an electric toothbrush. Note, however, that proper use of a manual toothbrush, especially brushing long enough, often doesn’t happen. Children, in particular, may benefit from an electric toothbrush because they are more likely to have poorer brushing habits. Also, for those with arthritis or other problems with hand dexterity, an electric toothbrush can be a helpful alternative to a manual one. If you have questions on toothbrushes or the proper way to brush your teeth, be sure to ask your dentist.