Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, it’s easy to browse the drug store aisle for just a simple solution. But, in the long run, could electric toothbrushes be the better bet?

Manual Toothbrushes

If you’re great at brushing your teeth (that means taking two minutes to scrub each tooth thoroughly with the proper technique, then perhaps a manual toothbrush is good enough for you.

With multiple styles, bristles, heads and colors to choose from such as soft bristles or sensitive gums, manual toothbrushes are much more accommodating to different tastes.

If you’re a world traveler, there’s no question about the convenience of a manual toothbrush when going through the airport security lines or being uncertain about where to find an outlet, which also means no batteries or charging!

On the other hand…

While manual toothbrushes are initially cheaper, it is recommended to replace it every three months, and the cost can add up!

Let’s face it, most of us aren’t the best at brushing our teeth in the morning rush or when we’re too tired at night and just want to fall asleep. Manual toothbrushes are more work, and we often spend too little time brushing our teeth when it’s harder to do.

Two minutes is the recommended amount of time a person should spend brushing his or her teeth. Unfortunately, manual toothbrushes don’t have built-in timers for our convenience.

Electric Toothbrushes

It can be oftentimes difficult to make sure we’re reaching and brushing our teeth properly. Thankfully, we can enlist the help of an electric toothbrush to do all the hard reaching with less of the work! Simply hold the toothbrush in your mouth at a 45-degree angle and the toothbrush will take it away!

Studies show that electric toothbrushes are better at cleaning your teeth than manual ones because they remove more plaque and gingivitis.

For children especially, electric toothbrushes are fun and can be a good alternative to manual brushes. If we can’t even be sure if we’re brushing the hard to reach areas of our own mouths, how can we make sure our kids are?

The built-in timer gives more ease of mind and cuts off when two minutes have elapsed.

While it is more difficult to travel with an electric toothbrush and does initially cost more, the pay-off is well worth the investment. If you care for your electric toothbrush, it will last a long time and pay for itself!


If you’re still undecided about which toothbrush is best for you, talk to one of our dentists at your next appointment or call (303) 340-3330