What is a manual toothbrush?

A manual toothbrush refers to a toothbrush that is not battery or electrically powered. Different from a powered toothbrush, a manual toothbrush entails that you move the toothbrush in a circular motion around your teeth. In general, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice a day regardless of what kind of toothbrush you have. Approved powered and manual toothbrushes will have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal shows that the product is safe and effective in tooth cleaning.
A manual toothbrush is a hand-held brush made out of hard plastic. The toothbrush has soft plastic bristles for cleaning the gums and between the teeth. Manual toothbrushes are manipulated by the person using it, moving the brush up and down over the teeth and gums to remove plaque, food, and debris.
A manual toothbrush is one where you move the toothbrush. You should use your arm and hard to create small circles to brush your teeth. In battery or electronic toothbrushes, these create the circular motion while you touch the brush to the tooth. A manual toothbrush can be just as effective if you brush correctly and for two minutes each time.

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