Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes: Which One Wins?

 Azarko Marketing  Friday, December 18, 2015

Toothbrush shopping these days can be quite an adventure! There is no longer just one type of toothbrush; there are literally entire shelves and aisles full of options. While picking the right brand and style can be overwhelming, the biggest decision you first have to make is whether to choose electric or manual.

Deciding what type of toothbrush is right comes down to your brushing technique, how much time you devote to brushing and other oral care needs. The best way to compare electric and manual is to assess their pros and cons.

Examining Manual Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes do not have batteries or any type of power; instead, they rely solely on your motion. Some things to consider with this type of toothbrush include:

  • Pro: They can clean thoroughly. While they are manual, they can still properly clean your teeth as long as you take the two minutes it needs and use the right technique.
  • Pro: They come in a variety of styles, bristles, colours and heads. Manual toothbrushes certainly make brushing fun. There are so many styles and sizes to choose from that you can easily customize your brushing experience.
  • Pro: No batteries, no hassle. With manual toothbrushes, you do not have to hassle with batteries, charging or special travel cases.
  • Pro: Inexpensive. Manual toothbrushes are definitely the cheaper option, but keep in mind they still need replacement every three months.
  • Con: Require more physical work. A manual toothbrush is only effective when you brush properly and it requires you to move your hand more frequently and really get into the nooks of your teeth.
  • Con: No timer. Some people enjoy electric toothbrushes because they tell you how long to brush and even tell you which section to switch to, so that every spot is given the right amount of attention.

Examining Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are growing in popularity and have a lot of advantages and a few disadvantages to consider:

  • Pro: Easier to use. With electric toothbrushes, you do not have to put as much work into brushing. Instead, just hold it at a 45-degree angle and the toothbrush does the work.
  • Pro: Less work, but better results. Electric brushes do a better job cleaning your teeth and gums and can more efficiently remove plaque as well as prevent gingivitis than any manual brush on the market.
  • Pro: Encourages brushing habits for children and easier for little hands. Small children find electric options easier because it is less work, tickles their mouth and the timer lets them know when they are done.
  • Pro: Quadrant timer. Most models of electric toothbrushes now come with timers that not only tell you when your two minutes are up, but which quadrant of your mouth to brush, for more efficient brushing.
  • Con: Must charge. You will notice your toothbrush loses its charge frequently and you need to bring along the charger or have spare batteries.
  • Con: Expensive to replace. Some models do not come with replaceable brush heads, which can become costly when you replace them every three months. Even those that do can cost you a significant amount of money, but remember you are paying for convenience.

Seeing a Dentist in Edmonton Regularly is Just as Important

While brushing is very important for your overall oral health, so is visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Even professional toothbrushes cannot clean as well as the hygienist at your dentist’s office.

Azarko Dental Group’s Edmonton dental clinic are here to help you with your general checkups and cleanings. Schedule your appointment using our convenient online booking program or call our location in West Edmonton.


Azarko Dental West

14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
N.E. Corner of 150 St. & Stony Plain Rd.