Electric VS. Manual Toothbrushes

CWD EditorNews, Oral Health

Since its rise in popularity in the 1990s, hospital more and more people have opted to use an electric toothbrush as opposed to a traditional, manual one. At Cottonwood Dental our patients frequently ask us, “so, which is better, an electric or manual toothbrush?” What our patients don’t realize is that that question is more complicated than it seems! Both manual and electric toothbrushes have lots of great points as well as detractors; ultimately, it is a personal choice as both will effectively clean teeth when used correctly. Now, let’s get down to business…

Manual Toothbrushes


  • Inexpensive
  • One of the very many nice things about a manual toothbrush is that they are rarely expensive, and in fact, with regular trips to your dentist, are free!
  • More Choices
  • Whether you prefer soft or hard bristles, a blue handle or a rainbow colored one, manual toothbrushes tend to offer more variety in these regards.
  • Easy to Travel With
  • While electric toothbrushes can be a bit cumbersome, manual toothbrushes tend to be much smaller and easier to pack!


  • More work
  • Most people find that they have to put in more minutes and more motion with a manual toothbrush to get the same clean as an electric toothbrush.
  • No timing
  • One feature that we love available on some electric toothbrushes is the ability to time your ritual- meaning you always are brushing long enough to get your teeth thoroughly clean!

Electric Toothbrushes


  • Easy to Use
  • Most of our clients tend to find electric toothbrushes very easy to use, after all, their moving bristles do all the work for you!
  • Easier for Children and those with Motor Disabilities
  • Some motions can be difficult for children, those with disabilities, and those with osteoporosis. Often times using an electric toothbrush helps these individuals get a more thorough clean.


  • Charging
  • It can be inconvenient to charge an electric toothbrush or to replace batteries, particularly if you don’t have these things readily available
  • Cost
  • Because electric toothbrushes are more substantial than manual toothbrushes, they often come with a bigger price tag. Investing in an electric toothbrush often means paying substantially more
  • Easier to Break
  • There are a lot more moving pieces to an electric toothbrush, which means even just dropping your brush can be fatal!

No matter what kind of toothbrush you choose to work with- be sure to brush and floss daily and visit us at Cottonwood Dental twice a year. Ready to schedule an appointment? Get in touch with us here!