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Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes: Pros and Cons

Choosing an effective toothbrush is vital for maintaining good oral health. With so many toothbrushes on the market these days, it can be difficult to decide on what is the best option for you. The first decision you need to make, however, is whether to use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. To help make the decision easy, here are the pros and cons of each:

Manual Toothbrush:


  • With correct brushing technique, a manual toothbrush effectively cleans the teeth

  • It is easy to travel with. There is no need to worry about packing batteries or charging outlets. All you need is a toothbrush case.

  • It is inexpensive and easy to replace. You should replace your manual toothbrush every three months and they are very affordable.


  • Correct brushing technique is important for the effective removal of plaque.

  • You must estimate how long to brush your teeth for since manual toothbrushes have no timer.

Electric Toothbrush:


  • Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a more effective job of cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes.

  • The built-in timer takes the guesswork out of the length of time you need to brush your teeth for. The timer stops the toothbrush after two minutes.

  • Electric toothbrushes are very easy to use. All you need to do is angle the head 45 degrees and the toothbrush will do all of the work for you.

  • Children find them fun to use. Brushing the teeth can be a chore for children, resulting in challenging behaviour or ineffective brushing. Using an electric toothbrush adds an extra element of fun to the routine, making children more likely to want to brush.


  • Electric toothbrushes are considerably more expensive than manual toothbrushes. Although there are a number of different types on the market at varying prices, expect to pay a lot more money for an electric toothbrush.

  • You need to charge an electric toothbrush or have it plugged into a power socket.

  • Travelling with an electric toothbrush is more of a hassle than travelling with a manual toothbrush. They are bulkier and you need to think about power outlets and charging.

  • If you drop an electric toothbrush, it is quite easy to break, which can be a financial burden given the cost to replace.

  • You need to buy replaceable heads that fit onto the top of an electric toothbrush, which are also a lot more expensive than manual toothbrushes.

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