Electric Toothbrush vs Manual – Which is Better?

Brushing your teeth regularly helps remove a build-up of plaque, which, in turn, helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and unnecessary tooth filling. Finding the best toothbrush to do a good job is important, and often sparks a bit of a debate about whether you’re better off using an electric toothbrush or a manual one.

So which one is right for you?

Going for the electric option


There are a number of pros to the electric toothbrush:

  • • They have a small head which makes it easier to get to hard to reach places.
  • • Some offer various speeds and timers that help you get the job done as effectively as possible. Some even have alarms that let you know if you’re applying too much pressure.
  • • The novelty of the bright colours of some of them might help encourage kids to brush regularly and get into good dental habits.
  • • The large handle can be helpful for people who struggle with fine motor tasks – for example those with arthritis or other fine motor control issues.


  • • They need to be charged, and if you forget you’re a bit stuck.
  • • They’re much more expensive than manual toothbrushes.
  • • They’re bulky to pack when travelling.
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