Picking Out Tooth Brushes – Electric vs. Manual

Picking Out Tooth Brushes – Electric vs. Manual

We all know that proper brushing is imperative to maintaining oral health. But did you know that having a proper toothbrush is just as important.

Some people have the habit of picking a low-priced toothbrush at a convenience store, and think it is just the same as any other toothbrush.

It’s about brushing twice a day, with the right technique and the right toothbrush. A good toothbrush should have softer bristles, should be easy to use, and should fit into your mouth properly.

However, when it comes to choosing between a manual or an electric toothbrush, you might need to consider some pros and cons.


Some people may find an electric toothbrush to be expensive as compared to a low-price manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes have varieties; some run on batteries and others can be charged, so these are some additional costs attached to them. There is also a risk of losing more money in case you damage your toothbrush.


Walk down to any store; you will be able to buy a manual toothbrush. But getting an electric toothbrush could be a challenge. If you are buying one, you also want to make sure that it is durable.

Ease of use

An electric toothbrush is easy to use and require less effort. The American Dental Association recommends an electric toothbrush for people with arthritis or limited arm movement;  whereas a manual toothbrush might have you labor away for three minutes to make sure that the toothbrush is reaching every area.


Manual toothbrushes are easy to carry when you are travelling. Electric toothbrushes can be bulky.


Electric toothbrushes clean the teeth more effectively. Some of them have rotating-oscillating bristles, which rotate in one direction, then the opposite.

They are far more effective in removing plaque and preventing gum diseases. According to researchers associated with Cochrane, an electric toothbrush removes 11% plaque in the first month of use and 21% after three month of use.

An electric toothbrush is more effective in preventing gingivitis, which is inflammation caused by toxins in the gums.

However, you might not know if you are applying too much pressure on your teeth, as electric toothbrushes have a long handle. Too much pressure on the teeth leads to enamel erosion, causing teeth sensitivity and decay. Some electric toothbrush models come with sensors which tell you if you are brushing a little too aggressively.

Is an Electric Toothbrush worth buying?

As you have seen the pros and cons, for some people electric toothbrush is a good choice while for some a manual will work just fine. Consider a dental checkup before spending money on an electric toothbrush.

If you are in Bethesda, MD, visit a dentist at Bethesda Dental Health for a thorough checkup and professional advice.


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