Electric vs Manual Toothbrushes: Which should you buy?

To go electric or manual - that is the question! With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide whether to stick with a safe manual or explore the possibilities of an electric toothbrush. To help you decide, we have created this handy guide so you can make the right choice.

Effective cleaning

Manual brushing can be quite tricky when you cannot reach the back of your mouth or gums. With an electric toothbrush, the smaller heads are great for reaching those hard to reach places whilst giving an all-round good clean. You can buy a range of smaller heads for manual toothbrushes, however you can still be limited on reach and effectiveness without the rotating heads electric brushes offer.


The range of techniques can be restricting when using a manual brush, whereas an electric toothbrush is designed to suit all areas of the mouth whilst creating less work for better results. Though you cannot deny a manual brush still gives you the freedom to try new techniques, studies have also shown that electric brushes do a better job of removing plaque and combatting gum disease.


Brushing your teeth can sometimes feel like an endless amount of time! Many electric toothbrushes come with a built in timer which is useful when you want to make sure you are brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes. Manual brushes are less restrictive for time - you just need to be prepared to count to 90 seconds!


In comparison, the cost of an electric toothbrush can sometimes put off a potential buyer. Manual toothbrushes are very inexpensive with prices starting from around £2 and electric toothbrushes ranging from £20-£100, not including brush heads which should be changed every three months.

Long term use

Despite studies that have shown electric toothbrushes are better than manual for combating plaque and gum disease, it is fair to say that whatever type of toothbrush you choose as long as you have good standards of oral hygiene, you can still maintain a healthy mouth.

If you need some help and advice on your oral hygiene then why not book an appointment with Barry and the team at Brunswick Dental Court Practice today.


About the author

Barry Tibbott

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Brunswick Court Dental Practice was established in 1986 as a private practice where Barry is the clinical director.

Involved in implants for many years, Barry has completed a Masters Degree in Implantology at Warwick University where he gained a distinction. He is currently a clinical lecturer to postgraduate MSc students at Warwick University, in addition to mentoring local dentists in this field.

Barry is a member and Implant Mentor for The Association of Dental Implantology and a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine. He is also a Consultant Member of the British Society of Oral Implantology. You can find him on

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