I got an electric toothbrush as a gift. But I’ve been reading mixed reviews about how good they are. Should I switch or stick to my manual one?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes work the same, depending on how you use them. It is like comparing an automatic car to a manual one. Both cars will have the same performance, depending on how good the driver is.

If you are quite adept at using a manual toothbrush with the correct technique, and use it for a minimum of two minutes twice a day, then you don’t need to use an electric toothbrush.

An electric toothbrush is useful for someone who is not skilful in proper brushing techniques or tends to finish brushing very fast, because many of them come with two-minute timers. They are also kid-friendly. By just placing the brush over the tooth, its pulsations and movements cleans teeth.

There are some studies showing that electric brushes are more efficient in removing plaque than a manual one. But ultimately it depends on what you are more comfortable using.