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Your Toothbrush – Electric or Manual?

With an array of dental tools on the market, things might get a little overwhelming in deciding whether an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush is the right choice for you.

How do you know which one is better? Does it depend on your specific oral care needs?

Electric vs Manual Toothbrush

To help make the choice easier for you, we’ve laid out the advantages and disadvantages of electric and manual toothbrushes.

Electric Toothbrush


Electric toothbrushes are efficient as they are less time-consuming and can clean more elaborately with 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute. However, having a faster toothbrush does not necessarily mean that it is doing a better job at properly cleaning your teeth.

We want to make sure every tooth is effectively cleaned. Furthermore, electric toothbrushes are great option for those who have difficulty with grip with manual toothbrushes.


On the other hand, high-quality electric toothbrushes tend to cost more and require maintenance. In addition, electric toothbrushes are bulkier in size and require charging, which can be an inconvenience in countertop space.

Considering the power needed for electric toothbrushes, the vibrations, pressure and strength can be unpleasant to those with sensitive teeth and gums.

Manual Toothbrush


Manual toothbrushes allow for more control over movement, speed and pressure applied while brushing one’s teeth. People with sensitive teeth and gums may find using manual toothbrushes more comfortable throughout the cleaning process, sans automatic vibrations, pressure, and strength.

Additionally, manual toothbrushes are a more cost-effective option, as they don’t require charging maintenance, and are more convenient as they require less counter top space than electric toothbrushes. Since they don’t require charging maintenance, this proves for no chances of dangerous malfunctions, as well.


Although, manual toothbrushes rely on the brusher’s technique alone, which could pose a problem for people who tend to rush the process and do not clean all areas thoroughly. Those who have issues with grip and dexterity, as well, may not find manual toothbrushes to be the best option for them.

People with motor difficulties or conditions that deter movement may find manual toothbrushes to be the more testing option than the electric toothbrush.

Overall, the tool that you are most comfortable with and will use effectively is the right option. If you find that technology facilitates your cleaning process and makes it more enjoyable, choose the electric toothbrush.

If you are, on the other hand, more traditional or prefer an option that is safer for your movement, it is best to choose the manual toothbrush. For more information, do not hesitate to contact Fresh Dental to assess which option is the best for your oral care needs.