A manual toothbrush can do the job well. An electric toothbrush, though, can be particularly helpful if you have arthritis or other ailments that may make it difficult to brush your teeth. The bristle movement from an electric toothbrush may not only improve gum health but also do a better job removing plaque from your teeth.

Should you choose to go the route of an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush should be both comfortable and easy to use. Most dentists suggest an electric toothbrush that features a rotating-oscillating head or uses ultrasonic pulses to move its bristles. Optional features include timers, adjustable power levels and batteries that are rechargeable. When you need to replace the head, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions to ensure it continues working effectively.

However, keep in mind that the style of toothbrush you choose isn’t what’s most important, but rather that you brush and floss daily.