Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are become more and more popular and there are even those that are designed specifically for children. Kids prefer the powered toothbrush over a manual toothbrush because for them, using this device seems like a lot of fun. But when it comes to deciding between electric and manual toothbrushes, which one is the better choice?

Manual Toothbrush Pros and Cons


  • It can thoroughly clean your teeth if you follow proper brushing techniques.
  • You can choose from different styles of brushes including the kind of bristles, colors and heads.
  • They are easy to bring during your travels. Manual toothbrushes are smaller and lightweight.
  • No need to use batteries or electricity to power it.
  • Very inexpensive and most dentists even give them for free during your visits.


  • You’ll need to “manually” brush your teeth which means more work for you.
  • You have to time yourself. Two minutes is the minimum for brushing the teeth.

Electric Toothbrush Pros and Cons


  • It will do the work for you. Simply place it at an angle of 45 degrees inside your mouth and turn it on.
  • It offers better results for less work. Studies show that this type of toothbrush can clean your mouth better than a manual toothbrush.
  • Kids love them. You want your kids to look forward to brushing their teeth and with an electric brush, you will achieve exactly that.
  • It comes with a timer so there’s no need to time yourself.


  • It’s more expensive than a regular tooth brush.
  • You have to charge it or change its batteries every now and then.
  • It’s heavy and bulky so it’s not ideal for traveling.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both types of brushes are equally effective. The key to averting tooth decay is in the way we brush our teeth. Children younger than 7 years old should have adult supervision when they are brushing their teeth to make sure all surfaces of the teeth, including hard to reach areas are cleaned.

The ADA offers the following suggestions:

  • If you have a young child at home, encourage him or her to drink from a cup by the time they turn 1.
  • Take your child to a dentist no later than his or her first birthday.
  • As soon as your child’s first tooth emerges, start brushing his or her teeth. The use of toothpaste can commence after age 2 when your child has already learned how to spit.
  • Watch what your child eats. Avoid feeding them with sugar-rich snacks and treats.
  • During one of your dental visits, ask your dentist regarding dental sealants to see if your child can benefit from it.

For more information on how to take care of your teeth and gums, please schedule an appointment with us by calling (909) 483-0812.

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