The Toothbrush Showdown: Electric vs. Manual

Manual and Electric Toothbrush

The never-ending debate: manual or electric toothbrush? There are people on either side of that fence, but the fact of the matter is, each type of toothbrush has its own pros and cons. Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, Ga has compiled a list for each, to help you choose the right toothbrush for you


  • Pros
    • Less work, for great results.
    • Easier for some people to use. People who suffer from arthritis, or other debilitating ailments find that using an electric toothbrush helps them to brush their teeth more effectively.
    • Built in timer. Most electric toothbrushes now have a built in timer that lets you know when you have brushed long enough.
  • Cons
    • More money. Electric toothbrushes cost a good deal more than regular toothbrushes, and the bristles fray just as quickly.
    • An electric toothbrush requires a charge, or the replacement of batteries.
    • Break easily. If you drop your electric toothbrush, chances are it is probably broken.


  • Pros
    • Sensitive gums? There are more bristle options with manual toothbrushes, and less pressure is put on the teeth and gums.
    • Cost efficient. Manual toothbrushes are much cheaper than electric.
    • Easier for kids to use, and odd are, their teeth are being cleaned better as a result.
  • Con
    • More work. You teeth can still receive a great clean with a manual toothbrush, but it will require more effort.
    • No built in timer. Of course you could set one yourself, but the built in timer of an electric toothbrush is more convenient.
    • Harder for some to use. For those who have a lack of dexterity from something like arthritis, using a manual toothbrush can prove to be challenging.

Both toothbrushes have their pros and cons, but at the end of the day, each can provide a great clean. It all depends on what works best for you!

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