When it comes to oral hygiene, it is surprising to learn just how many beliefs turn out to be no more than time honored myths. For example, there is no specific research available to tell an individual how many times a day it is necessary to brush and floss to keep your mouth healthy. The same holds true for the type of toothbrush you use—manual versus electronic or battery operated. This much debated topic, when you study just the research, reveals that it is not the brush so much as the hand that holds it. Some studies show a slight advantage for electric while others declare the playing field is level. The key to obtaining and maintaining optimal oral health is to review your habits, discuss them with your dental healthcare professional, and then work together to define your plan for an improved oral hygiene routine.