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Electric vs Manual – which toothbrush is best for you?

Electric vs Manual – which toothbrush is best for you?

When it comes to your oral hygiene, we have all been told by the dentist that the vital component of keeping a healthy mouth is to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. However, it’s not often we are told exactly what type of brush we should be using when it comes to our dental routine.

The rise in technology has seen people increasingly opt for an electric toothbrush over the usual manual toothbrush, but is it actually better for you?

To finish the debate, we have compiled a list to showcase which toothbrush is the better option.


As manual toothbrushes have been around for centuries, there are far more varieties on offer in shops than there are of an electric toothbrush.

Each manual brush can come in a range of soft, medium or hard bristles along with large, standard or small heads. This means you can choose a brush, which suits your dental needs rather than being limited to only one type of bristle. Most dentists recommend a soft bristle brush to ensure you don’t brush gums too hard and damage oral material.

Electric toothbrushes rarely have an option with bristle strength and patients can sometimes press too firmly on their gums, causing damage. To combat this, many electric toothbrushes now have a sensor to warn you if you are pressing too firmly. There are also helpful additions to many modern electric toothbrushes including cleaning timers and pacers to encourage a full two-minute clean.

Cost & maintenance

An electric toothbrush certainly costs more than a manual brush at the point of purchase. However the life of the electric toothbrush base can last for years – so although a unit costs more at the outset, the costs do eventually even out. Typically, manual toothbrushes need to be replaced every three to four months in order to remain effective. However due to in-built pressure sensors which encourage lighter use of the brush, a typical electric toothbrush heads can often last a good while longer.

In order to get the best results from your electric toothbrush, ensure it is fully charged when using. It is possible to buy electric toothbrushes that cease to function once the charge drops below the necessary level for an effective clean.

How they clean

One of the beneficial factors of the electric toothbrush is its cleaning ability. Electric toothbrushes have more variety in terms of cleaning techniques, as you can switch modes to provide a deeper clean without the hard work of a manual brush. Electric brushes are also known to remove more plaque than manual brushes, therefore, improving your overall oral hygiene.

So which is the better option? In the end, it is down to personal preference, but at Springside Dental, we recommend an electric toothbrush for a better clean every time.

Regardless of which toothbrush you choose, you need to ensure you look after your oral hygiene correctly by continuing to brush and floss. If you find you are having issues, we would be happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or book an appointment.