The Electric or Manual Toothbrush – Which is Best?

There are many tooth cleaning essentials like toothbrushes and floss, as well as other teeth cleaning gadgets that go to make up a multi million-dollar industry.

With so many different oral health care options on the market it can be difficult to choose the best option for your mouth.

Two of the most common questions are:

  • Electronic or manual- which ones are going to be the most effective?
  • Do electric toothbrushes clean your teeth better than hand operated ones?

To help we have listed the pros and cons of a powered and a traditional version of a dental tool that you should be using twice a day to clean your teeth: your toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes


A huge plus with an electric toothbrush is that it will seem more fun to use. This can be important for people who are reluctant to brush their teeth twice a day, especially children, who might need some incentive to brush.

Electric toothbrushes can save time and do a better cleaning job providing between 6,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute. Although it can take less time to clean your teeth, quickly running the toothbrush over the teeth will be no more effective than using a manual toothbrush. Ensuring that every tooth is individually and thoroughly cleaned is still crucial.

For those who have issues around gripping a manual toothbrush an electric toothbrush is the perfect option, easy to hold and offering an automatic rotating action.


Even the cheapest electric toothbrush will typically cost more than a manual toothbrush, and some might cost significantly more. The heads need to be replaced just as often as a manual toothbrush would be.

The actual size of the electric toothbrush and base can be a con for travellers or those who are short of bathroom space.

The Manual Brush


The biggest pro of a manual toothbrush is that you will be able to have more control over the way that you brush deciding how fast or hard to brush teeth, gums, cheeks, and your tongue.

Manual toothbrushes are much more cost effective than electric brushes and don’t take up as much room.


Manual toothbrushes do rely on a user having an excellent technique in order to achieve thorough cleaning.

Manual brushes also may not have the same sexy image as an electric toothbrush. For children, manual brushes are made to appeal and encourage in fun colours and often feature cartoon characters.

The debate for and against the manual and electric toothbrush will rumble on, but whichever you prefer you need always to ensure that you brush well and often. For more information consult your professional Camden dentist.