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Electric vs Manual

Brushes Manual vs Electric

Electric vs Manual – You know how important brushing your teeth is. Without a toothbrush to use, your trips to the dentist might not be as quick and easy.

With an increasing number of electric tooth brushes on the market and a higher awareness about oral hygiene, many people have questions about if electric really is better than manual. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of each so you can make the right decision for your mouth.


Overview of benefits to using an electric toothbrush vs. a manual toothbrush:


Electric toothbrush:


Pros: Cons:
  • Built-in Timer
  • More expensive
  • Easy-to-use
  • Less travel-friendly
  • More efficient bristle design
Manual toothbrush:

Pros: Cons:
  • Inexpensive
  • No built-in timer
  • More travel-friendly


Let’s start by looking at some of the benefits of an electric toothbrush.


Electric toothbrush benefits


Built-in Timer

Electric toothbrushes often have 2-minute timers which encourage you to brush for the proper amount of time.


More efficient bristle design

Electric toothbrushes are built with a number of bells and whistles. Most of them are created to help you brush better. The micro-movements of the brush are also designed to help stimulate your gums to help prevent gum disease and keep them healthier. These movements can also help remove tartar in a more complete fashion.



People, both old and young might also appreciate the electric toothbrush because of their diminished mobility. Since the brush does most of the work itself, if you have a hard time moving your hands due to arthritis or any other reason, an electric brush might help.


Electric toothbrushes certainly have their perks; however, if you’re someone who feels comfortable with consistency, there is nothing wrong with continuing to use a manual toothbrush.


Electric toothbrush cons


More expensive

Electric toothbrushes are more costly than manual toothbrushes. The price can range anywhere between $15-250 per brush. However, there is an additional cost to replace the brush heads on the toothbrush, which can cost anywhere between $5-45, depending on the brand and how many are purchased. There is also the cost of replacing the batteries over time, which needs to be taken under consideration.


Less travel-friendly

Since electric toothbrushes need to be charged for use, this means travelling with them require bringing not only the toothbrush but also a charger. Depending on the location being travelled to, the outlet (if any at all) may not be able to fit the plug-in of the charger. In this case, additional research about purchasing extensions may be required for trips.


Manual toothbrush benefits

Manual toothbrushes have been around forever!

Here are some of the reasons why:



Manual brushes are much more cost effective. While an electric brush can cost hundreds of dollars, a manual brush is only going to cost you $1-$3 on average.



They are also much easier to travel with. You don’t need to worry about a manual brush losing its charge either in the middle of your brush or while on vacation, plus you never need to worry about having the charging station with you or, if traveling, whether the outlet will match.


Manual toothbrush cons


No built-in timer

When using a manual toothbrush, it is more difficult to keep track of time for each brushing session. However, using a device such as a timer tool on an electronic device would help with this.

Remember, both manual and electric brushes were designed to clean your teeth properly. So, if you are using them correctly, your teeth will thank you. There is no right or wrong, just your own personal preference. The most important thing to remember when deciding what type of toothbrush to buy and use is which one will you actually use. If you buy an expensive brush but never use it, it won’t be worth it.



Dr. Priya Chaudhry

Dr. Priya Chaudhry

Dr. Priya Chaudhry, a talented dentist. She loves making smiles better by combining her knowledge with a caring approach. Dr. Chaudhry's blog is full of helpful dental tips, helping readers feel confident about their oral health and sporting a bright, happy smile.