Manual Toothbrushes versus Electric Toothbrush

Posted: Aug 8, 2020 in

Manual Toothbrush


More control

With a manual toothbrush, you have more control over how hard and fast to brush your teeth. This can mean a more comfortable experience if you have sensitive areas of your teeth and mouth or if you don’t like the vibrations of an electric toothbrush.

Less expensive

Manual or traditional toothbrushes are a much more cost effective option than an electric toothbrush.

Easier to maintain

There is very little that can go wrong with a manual toothbrush as there are no batteries to charge or accessories needed. It is the simplest option with nothing to fiddle with like replacement heads or power buttons.


Difficult to use for some peopleSome people find handling a toothbrush to be difficult. People with motor difficulties, arthritis, or similar physical limitations may find a manual toothbrush more difficult to use than an electric toothbrush.

Less fun

Manual brushes aren’t as exciting as an electric toothbrush, and this can make brushing one’s teeth a little less appealing, especially for kids.

Electric Toothbrush


More fun to use

A huge advantage to the electric toothbrush is that it is generally more enticing and seems to be more fun to use. This is a great aspect for those who are reluctant to brush twice each day, and especially for children, as it can inspire enthusiasm to brush.

Saves time

With an electric toothbrush, it can take less time to properly clean your teeth. You still need to be conscious of doing a thorough job. Electric toothbrushes do most of the work for you, moving at a speed of 6,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute.

Can be easier to use

For people with arthritis or motor difficulties or poor dexterity, an electric toothbrush may be the better choice. It’s easy to hold and it does most of the work – the rotating action – for you.


More expensive

Even cheap electric toothbrushes typically cost more than a manual toothbrush, and higher quality ones are significantly more. Along with the initial cost of the unit and its charging base, 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.

Too bulky for travel?

The bulk of an electric toothbrush can be a huge con, especially for those who travel or highly value counter space in the bathroom. The toothbrush itself is about double the size of a manual toothbrush and it comes with a variably-sized charging station that you’ll need to consider.

Too powerful for those with sensitive teeth

Some people find the vibrations created by the toothbrush to be aggravating, or even painful. Those with gum issues, loose teeth, or general sensitivity should seriously consider another brushing method, as controlling the pressure and vigor of an electric toothbrush can be very difficult.

Good Tooth Brushing Technique

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Most people don’t brush their teeth that long. When brushing, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too

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