Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush
by on August 9, 2017
Posted in Blog

Are you in the market for a new toothbrush? Trying to decide between an electric vs. manual toothbrush? Well you’ve come to the right place.

Dental tools like toothbrushes, floss, and other teeth cleaning gadgets make up a multi-billion dollar industry. There are so many different oral health care tools on the market that it can sometimes be overwhelming when trying to pick the best option for your mouth. Some are electronic, many are not, and it is often difficult to know which ones really are more effective in keeping your oral health in check.

So, are electric toothbrushes really worth the extra money, or are manual toothbrushes the better choice? Let’s review some pros & cons of each:

Electric Toothbrushes – Pros

  • More enticing and seem to be more fun to use – especially for children! Introducing an electric toothbrush to your child may be the incentive they need to brush more frequently.
  • Can be a time saver and can do a more thorough cleaning job.  In fact, an electric toothbrush can produce anywhere from 3,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute.
  • It can take less time to properly clean your teeth, however this doesn’t mean that quickly running the toothbrush over the teeth will be as effective as a manual toothbrush. No matter the toothbrush you should always ensure you are practicing proper brushing techniques in order to keep your smile happy and healthy.
  • For those who do not have the dexterity or grip needed to operate a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush is a great option as it is easy to hold and takes care of the rotating action for you.

Electric Toothbrushes – Cons

  • Even cheap electric toothbrushes typically cost more than a manual toothbrush. The power toothbrush market is diverse, and models can range in price from $20 to $200.
  • The heads should be replaced just as frequently as a manual toothbrush should be, and these can be pricey depending on the toothbrush model type.
  • They are typically more bulky. Not only do electric toothbrushes take up more counter space but they can be a pain to pack for travelling especially if they require a charger.

Manual Toothbrushes – Pros

  • You have more control over the way that you brush your teeth. You can decide how fast and how hard to brush your teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue.
  • Manual or traditional toothbrushes are a much more cost effective option than their electric counterparts. They cost well under $10 and are often free whenever you make a trip to the dentist (keep in mind they should be changed every 3 months).
  • With a manual toothbrush you have more options of styles, bristles, heads and colours to choose from. Some brands even offer special patterns and sizes specifically for children.
  • They do not take up much room either, making travel and storage very easy, especially since there are no additional parts.

Manual Toothbrushes – Cons

  • Manual toothbrushes rely on the user having excellent brushing technique in order to thoroughly clean the teeth and the mouth. And unless you set a 2-minute timer, you will need to guess how long your brushing session will last.
  • Quite a bit of dexterity is needed and a manual brush may not be the best option for those who find this challenging.
  • People with motor difficulties, arthritis, or any other number of conditions may find manual toothbrushes to be more challenging than their electric brethren.

So as you see, there is no perfect brush. Both types have their pros and cons, however one thing is true – brushing twice a day is extremely important. Also, don’t forget to floss!!


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