Manual or Electric? Picking the Right Toothbrush

June 22, 2018

We’ve all heard the claims that one is better than the other. But according to the American Dental Association, the brush doesn’t matter as much as you would think! As long as you are brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day, your oral health will be in good shape. Now that we’ve cleared up that misconception- let’s talk about the pros and cons of each brush so you can make the right choice for your lifestyle:

Electric Toothbrush

electric toothbrushPros

Ease: The beauty of an electric toothbrush is that all you need to worry about is holding the brush so that it forms a 45 degree with your gums—the oscillating and vibrating feature of the brush handles the rest! If you have dexterity issues, then this kind of brush may be the solution.

Less Plaque: According to a Consumer Report study published in 2015, an electric toothbrush can remove 21% more plaque than a manual brush. If this is a concern for you, an electronic brush might be a worthwhile investment. Contact us about our electronic brushes, we offer a variety to our patients.

Hard to Reach Spots: If you have traditional braces, an electronic brush might make sense. Using a vibrating feature can help access all those hard to reach spots.


Extra Costs: Electric toothbrushes can cost a pretty penny! Most models go between $20 and $200 dollars, with the added expense of purchasing replacement brush heads every 3-4 months.

Fragile: All electronics are prone to break from time to time and electronic brushes are no different. Making sure you take proper care of your electronic brush is important and will extend its lifespan.

Cumbersome: Electronic brushes take up more space than a manual brush—they require a charger, extra batteries, and more space in your bathroom.

Manual Toothbrush

manual toothbrushPros

Little Investment: Most toothbrushes are about $1-$5 and can be used for about 3-4 months depending on the wear of the bristles.

On the Go: It couldn’t be easier to travel with a manual brush! They take up little space and are easy to transport.

Same Results: As long as you’re following the ADA’s teeth brushing recommendations, you will see the same results you would with an electric brush!


A Bit More Work: Manual brushes are not as simple as electric brushes. You need to generate the motions an electric brush would by using back and forth and circular motions to ensure you’re properly cleaning your gums and teeth.

Information Overload: Now there are so many toothbrush models, all promising something unique, which can be overwhelming when you’re deciding.

Timing is Everything: With no built-in timer, you will need to rely on your watch or phone to ensure you’re brushing for at least 2 minutes!

Electric or Manual?

Now that you have all the facts, you can make a decision based on what works for you! Still having a hard time deciding? Castle Pines Dental Group can help you.