Electric Toothbrush or Manual


Do you ever wonder which toothbrush is better? While both electric and manual toothbrushes have pros and cons, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, the best toothbrush is the one that you will use. Thus, deciding between a manual and an electric toothbrush ultimately comes down to personal preference. In other words, your brushing technique and frequency are much more important than what you brush with.

The wide variety of manual and electric toothbrushes can make choosing a toothbrush seem overwhelming and overly complicated. To lighten the burden and help you decide which toothbrush is right for you, we have highlighted some of the pros and cons of both manual and electric toothbrushes.

We have been using manual toothbrushes for a long time and they have a proven track record; let’s start there.



Cheap and convenient
Manual toothbrushes are usually cheaper depending on the brand and design, making them ideal for most budgets.  And since they can be found at any corner drugstore or supermarket, they’re easy to replace.

Great for travelling
Unlike a bulky electric toothbrush that may require a charging dock, manual toothbrushes can easily be slipped into your bag and ready for a weekend of travelling with no added weight to your luggage.

Better tongue cleaning capability
Circular-headed electric toothbrushes have a difficult time effectively cleaning your tongue, but manual toothbrushes will thoroughly clean your teeth, tongue, and inside of cheeks.

Good for kids
Proper brushing is important for people of all ages, especially children learning to brush their teeth. Even young children can use manual toothbrushes safely and effectively.


No built-in timer
Many electric toothbrushes are designed with a built-in timer to let users know when their two-minute brushing session is complete. However, the same luxury will not be found in a manual toothbrush.

Can be difficult for some people to use
Those who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions that may restrict movement may have difficulty comfortably holding a manual toothbrush.


Electric toothbrushes have gained popularity in recent years, here are some of the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes.


The smaller head found on many electric toothbrushes make it easier to reach the sides of the teeth and other small crevices in the mouth.

Easy to use
Electric toothbrushes do the manual work for you, so those with manual dexterity problems or other physical limitations like arthritis may find electric toothbrushes to be much easier to use.

Automatic timer
Many advanced electric toothbrushes include an automatic timer in their design, which makes it easier for users to know when their two-minute brush is complete. This helps to ensure a proper clean is achieved.


Electronic toothbrushes are expensive especially when you start adding features like times and display panels, making them much less affordable than a manual toothbrush.

Battery replacement
On top of the initial price of an electric toothbrush, additional brush heads can be expensive.

All toothbrushes are designed to remove plaque and stimulate the gums to maintain a healthy mouth. So, whether you decide to buy a manual or electric toothbrush, remember that using it at least twice a day for two minutes with proper technique is important.


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