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Electric vs Manual – which toothbrush is best for you?

Electric vs Manual – which toothbrush is best for you?

The vital component of keeping a healthy mouth is to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. However, it’s not often we are told exactly what type of brush we should be using.

Due to the rise in technology, many people now opt for electric toothbrushes in preference to manual toothbrushes. However, are electric brushes actually better for you?

To conclude the debate, here are some factors to help you decide which toothbrush will be the better option for your needs.


Each manual brush comes in a range of soft, medium or hard bristles along with a large, standard or small head. This means you can choose a brush which suits your dental needs rather than being limited to only one type of bristle. Most dentists recommend a soft bristle brush to ensure you don’t brush gums too hard and damage oral material.

By contrast, electric toothbrushes rarely have a bristle strength option. For this reason, patients can sometimes press too firmly on their gums, causing damage. To combat this, many electric toothbrushes now have a sensor to warn you if you are pressing too firmly. There are also helpful additions to many modern electric toothbrushes to encourage a full two-minute clean. These include cleaning timers and pacers.

Cost & maintenance

An electric toothbrush certainly costs more than a manual brush at the point of purchase. However the life of the electric toothbrush base can last for years. So, although a unit costs more at the outset, the costs do eventually even out. Typically, manual toothbrushes need to be replaced every three to four months to remain effective. However, a typical electric toothbrush heads can often last a good while longer. This is due to in-built pressure sensors which encourage lighter use of the brush.

To get the best results from your electric toothbrush, it is good to ensure it is fully charged when using. Some electric toothbrushes actually cease to function if the charge drops below the level required for an effective clean.

How they clean

One of the beneficial factors of the electric toothbrush is its cleaning ability. Electric toothbrushes have more variety in terms of cleaning techniques. This is because you can switch modes to provide a deeper clean without the hard work of a manual brush. Electric brushes also remove more plaque than manual brushes, therefore improving your overall oral hygiene.

So which is the better option? In the end, it is down to personal preference. At High Street Dental, however, we recommend an electric toothbrush for a better clean every time.

Regardless of which toothbrush you choose, make sure you look after your oral hygiene correctly by continuing to brush and floss. If you find you are having issues, we would be happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or book an appointment.