Some people may benefit from using electric toothbrushes when it comes to emergency dentistry prevention.
This is the advice of Dr Ogo Eze, who told the Guardian that the devices could help those with manual dexterity problems, or children who struggle with their coordination during brushing.
However, he added: "I wouldn't say electric toothbrushes are automatically better," pointing out that technique is the most important issue.
Dr Eze said one thing that is vital is the use of floss once a day, preferably at night.
The expert recommended flossing first and then brushing, because this will open slight gaps between the teeth to get a brush and toothpaste into, as well as allowing food particles and bacteria to be swept out.
In October 2010, researchers from the University of North Carolina found the Philips Sonicare power toothbrush performed significantly better in tests than a manual brush, Dentistry.co.uk reported.