Manual vs Electric Toothbrush

The necessity of proper dental care cannot be overemphasized. While you may be well versed in the how and when for brushing your teeth, you may have questions about which type of toothbrush is the most effective. The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has endorsed both manual and electric toothbrushes as safe and effective tools for the removal of disease-causing plaques. Yet, there are ongoing debates as to which of these two types of toothbrushes is more effective and thus, more preferable.

If you’re wondering whether the electric toothbrush is better at cleaning the teeth than the manual toothbrush and vice versa, read on to learn more from your Yaletown dentistry experts. 

The Manual Toothbrush

The manual toothbrush has been around for a while, and even without the exciting features of its electric counterpart, it remains an effective cleaning tool.

The manual toothbrush requires you to perform the action of cleaning on your own. No aid is provided as you move the brush across your teeth. As a result, a manual toothbrush is not an option for individuals with limited manual dexterity.

Pros of Manual Toothbrush

  • Accessible, easy to find
  • Inexpensive
  • Effective at removing built-up plaque

Cons of Manual Toothbrush

  • Without a built-in timer, you may spend more or less than the required time brushing
  • Can pose problems for individuals with limited mobility
  • Some people tend to brush too hard, causing damage to the teeth and gums

The Electric Toothbrush

Unlike the manual toothbrush, the electric toothbrush performs the circular cleaning motions without your input. All you have to do is hold the brush to your teeth, and it conducts the movements on its own. Some versions also come with some built-in features such as the pressure sensors so you can tell how much force is being applied to your teeth.

Pros of Electric Toothbrush

  • Vibrations enhance micro-movement, allowing you to remove more plaque from hard-to-reach parts of your teeth and gums
  • Helps individuals with limited hand mobility
  • Only requires replacement of the head, thus eliminating the need for a whole new toothbrush.
  • Can make brushing more fun for kids
  • Some come with a built-in timer
  • May improve focus while brushing

Cons of Electic Toothbrush

  • More expensive than manual toothbrushes
  • Searching for replacement heads can be inconvenient
  • Require batteries and electricity and as such, are not as eco-friendly as the manual versions
  • Vibrations may cause some level of discomfort

Manual and electric toothbrushes each have their pros and cons, but ultimately, they serve similar purposes. Your needs will determine which is the better toothbrush for your oral care. Discuss any questions or concerns you have about best brushing practices with your local Yaletown dentistry, Asante Dental. We are always happy to help answer any questions you have about how best to  maintain your oral health and promote a healthy smile.