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Does an Electric Toothbrush Do a Better Job Than a Regular Toothbrush?

Choosing the right toothbrush can seem daunting with so many options available, but it doesn’t have to be! In general, yes, electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque and improving gum health. 

Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of each:

Electric toothbrushes


  • Removes more plaque: Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes can remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. This is because they generate thousands of brush strokes per minute, which is much more than most people can achieve with a manual brush.
  • Improves gum health: Electric toothbrushes can also help to reduce gingivitis (gum inflammation). 
  • Easier to use: Electric toothbrushes can be easier to use for people with limited dexterity, such as young children or adults with arthritis. Some models even have timers and pressure sensors to help you brush for the right amount of time and with the right amount of pressure.
  • More features: Many electric toothbrushes have additional features, such as tongue cleaners, whitening modes, and Bluetooth connectivity to a device (like a phone or tablet) to monitor the effectiveness of your brushing.


  • More expensive: Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual toothbrushes. You also need to factor in the cost of replacement brush heads.
  • Requires charging: Electric toothbrushes need to be charged regularly.
  • Can be noisy: Some electric toothbrushes can be quite noisy.


Manual toothbrushes


  • Less expensive: Manual toothbrushes are much less expensive than electric toothbrushes.
  • No charging required: Manual toothbrushes don’t need to be charged.
  • Portable: Manual toothbrushes are small and easy to travel with.


  • Removes less plaque: Manual toothbrushes are not as effective at removing plaque as electric toothbrushes.
  • Requires more effort: It can be more difficult to brush for the recommended two minutes with a manual toothbrush.
  • No additional features: Manual toothbrushes don’t have any of the additional features that some electric toothbrushes have.

Ultimately, the best toothbrush for you is the one that you will use consistently. If you are looking for the most effective way to remove plaque and improve your gum health, then an electric toothbrush is a good option. However, if you are on a budget or prefer a more basic toothbrush, then a manual toothbrush is still a good choice.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a toothbrush:

  • The size and shape of the brush head: Make sure the brush head is small enough to fit comfortably in your mouth and reach all of your teeth.
  • The type of bristles: Soft bristles are gentle on your enamel and gums.
  • The features: If you are looking for a toothbrush with additional features, such as a timer or pressure sensor, be sure to choose one that has the features you want.

I hope this information helps you choose the right toothbrush for you!

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. We can happily run through oral hygiene steps and techniques for you during your next checkup and clean visit with us.

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