Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

If you’ve ever been on the fence about how effective an electric toothbrush is compared to the classic manual toothbrush, this post is for you.

Manual Toothbrushes:

  • A manual toothbrush does the trick and keeps your teeth clean if you’re using it properly and for the right amount of time.

  • You don’t have to worry about a manual toothbrush dying on you, it takes out the inconvenience of remembering to charge it.

  • There is a very large cost difference between manual and rechargeable electric toothbrushes. There are also some in between options if you prefer to try it out before spending the money on a higher priced model.

  • There are multiple styles, colors, bristles, and models to accommodate just about anything you could be looking for.

  • Easiest to travel with

Electric toothbrushes:

  • There are many studies that prove an electric toothbrush is much more effective in less time than a manual toothbrush.

  • Studies show that 2 minutes of brushing with a manual toothbrush is equivalent to just 30 seconds brushing with an electric toothbrush.

  • On most electric toothbrushes, there is some kind of timer that lets you know when you should be done brushing your teeth.

  • You have to charge them or replace the batteries

  • Electronic toothbrushes generally have different modes and brush heads to accommodate sensitive teeth.

  • Some electric toothbrush models come with a pressure sensor which can help if you have concentrated areas of recession from brushing too hard.

  • Electric toothbrushes have oscillating, rotating, vibrating motions to better remove plaque that just the slow circular motions from your wrist.


Regardless of which type of toothbrush is right for you, remember to replace it every 3 months or when the bristles become frayed.