Manual Toothbrush or Electric Toothbrush? ·

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While manual toothbrushes are still popular nowadays, some people have already been upgrading their lives by buying electric toothbrushes.

There are certain reasons why people choose to use electric toothbrushes (which we will see in a bit) but these fancy toothbrushes will not replace by 100% the traditional ones any time soon, so there should be no hype.

A quality manual toothbrush can still surpass even the best electric toothbrush in terms of convenience and cost. Any toothbrush will function well if the person knows how to use it properly.

Do you really need an electric toothbrush?

The manual toothbrush cannot be easily replaced by its electric counterpart, because it has performed very well since the time it has been invented.

The cost of the usual toothbrush is its biggest advantage. For most people, it is absurd to spend $150+ for a toothbrush. If there is a tool that you could use every day, costs only a few dollars and it is as effective in cleaning your teeth, why go for the more expensive one when? At the same time, manual toothbrushes are available everywhere – even on your local neighborhood kiosk.

Another thing that I consider to be a disadvantage of electric toothbrushes is their bulkiness. The usual one can be conveniently stuffed into even a small bag of toiletries when you travel.

Your dexterity plays a key role when you are brushing your teeth. When you hold your toothbrush you automatically determine how much pressure you need to apply on your teeth when brushing. This is something you would work a bit harder with on electric toothbrushes. Chances are you could place too much pressure on your teeth.

Too much pressure on teeth causes fast erosion of the tooth enamel. This is why the usual toothbrush is the safer option.

NOTE: Electric Toothbrush Manufacturers are including a pressure sensor to their models, that vibrates or beeps when you push the toothbrush too hard on your gums & teeth. Example models that include a pressure sensor are the Oral B PRO 1000, the Oral B PRO 3000 and the Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum (HX9112/16).

When can you use an electric toothbrush?

But, just because manual toothbrushes have many plus factors, does not mean that electric ones are useless. On the contrary, electric toothbrushes have many exceptional features that manual ones don’t.

For Example:

  • People who cannot manually brush their teeth for some reason, the electric type is the better option. People with disabilities, arm injuries, and other conditions that affect their ability to use their hands may benefit from electric toothbrushes.
  • Electric toothbrushes have diverse features. Some only have the basic rotating feature, while others have pressure sensors and timers that help you enhance your brushing experience.
  • Almost every electric toothbrush manufacturer includes a set of bristles that helps you clean your oral area more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Bristles for cleaning your tongue, your gums or your teeth. Bristles for every situation.
  • Certain types of electric toothbrushes are better at cleaning teeth than other kinds. The ability to remove plaque and prevent gum problems depends basically on the motion of the bristles. Some electric toothbrushes have bristles that move in one direction only.

In my opinion, the best electric toothbrushes are those whose bristles move first in one direction and then rotate in the opposite direction. This alternating clockwise and counterclockwise rotation cleans the teeth better than a one-direction rotation. (For Example: Oral-B Black 7000 Smartseries)


If you’re on a tight budget, it’s probably better to stick with the manual toothbrush and learn how to brush properly, although there are many electric toothbrushes that cost less than $50.

Apart from that, make sure to floss your teeth to remove debris in-between teeth. Brush your tongue and the insides of the cheek too and follow every dentist’s advice: brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes each time (the 2 minute timer most electric toothbrushes now have, will help you a lot).

Also, don’t forget to replace your toothbrushes once the bristles have worn out, which usually would be every two months.

Closing down this article, here’s a quick little video we’ve found on YouTube (made by Amazon) that pinpoints why they think you should change from a manual toothbrush to an electric one:

Toothbrush used in video:

So what do you think? Is it time for all of us to change from a manual toothbrush to an electric one? We would love to read your thoughts in the comments section below..

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Manual Toothbrush or Electric Toothbrush?
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