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Toothbrush Titans: Electric vs Manual

Thankfully for us, the debate on brushing your teeth ended decades ago. Everybody agrees that having a consistent and efficient brushing routine is the most crucial part of healthy oral hygiene. Even so, there’s a question we’re always asked in our dentistry – are electric or manual toothbrushes better for brushing? We’re sure everybody’s got their own opinions, so let’s settle this once and for all.


Electric toothbrushes


As a relatively new product, studies are popping up all over the world showing that people who use electric toothbrushes have healthier gums and teeth. This is because electric toothbrushes are brilliant at removing plaque. Some have oscillating bristles rather than simple vibrating ones, which are even better for your teeth. 

If you’ve got trouble with mobility, electric toothbrushes can really help you out too. In contrast to manual brushes, you can sit back and let the electric bristles do all the hard work for you. Those with arthritis or certain disabilities will be ditching that manual toothbrush in an instant.

Unlike the sometimes hard bristles of manual toothbrushes, electric ones rarely damage gums. This is brilliant for cultivating great oral health, while avoiding those nasty ulcers. Some studies have also found that people who use electric tend to focus more on their brushing.



The first negative is the price. Electric toothbrushes can get quite expensive if you’re looking for the very best. You’ll also have to replace the head of the brush every few weeks to make sure you’re getting sparkling results. 

The vibrating feeling can be quite off putting and many people don’t like the feeling of electric toothbrushes at all. The vibrations also tend to create much more salvia, which is something to bear in mind. Finally, some people are put off by the constant charging required. If you’re travelling abroad regularly, it can be a bit of a nightmare when your toothbrush is out of juice. 


Manual toothbrushes


Despite all the positive advancements that have come about with electric toothbrushes, you can’t go wrong with a manual. They are easily accessible and don’t require any fuss. Wherever you are in the world, if you’ve got your toothbrush and toothpaste, you’re all set.

The affordability of manual toothbrushes is another massive pro. This dip in price compared to electric is pretty significant, especially when considering manual toothbrushes aren’t far behind electric in terms of effectiveness.



When you’re using manual, it can be very easy to get lax with your brushing. The consistency of electric toothbrushes isn’t there and many people can fall into the trap of brushing their teeth with too much pressure. This can cause uncomfortable ulcers and actually damage your enamel in the long term.

Finally, unlike electric toothbrushes, there’s no in-built timer to keep track of your progress. Under-brushing and over-brushing can be detrimental to your oral health, so we’d suggest timing your brush on your phone if you’re not using electric.


With all the arguments laid out on the table, we’ll let you decide who won. Whichever route you decide to go down, keep up that dental routine and you;ll have a smile to be proud of.