Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrush–Who Will Win?

The toothbrush as we know it today was invented in 1938 but there were many early forms of the toothbrush since 3000 BC. But, there have been some developments in the manual toothbrush, and so we now also have the electric toothbrush.

Well, many people don’t fully understand the pros and cons of the manual and electric toothbrush. Today I want to go over this fully so you can choose which option is the best for you.

Manual Toothbrush


1. You can get great results with a manual toothbrush as long as you use proper brushing techniques and brush for 2 minutes at a time.

2. There are many different styles, sizes and types of bristles, colors, etc. to choose from.

3. They are easy to transport for traveling.

4. There aren’t any batteries for charging.

5. They are inexpensive and easy to replace.


1. They are more work than an electric toothbrush.

2. There is no timing on them to ensure that you do brush for 2 minutes.

Electric Toothbrush


1. These toothbrushes are easy to use. You only have to turn it on and put the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth.

2. Studies have shown that the electric toothbrush clean your teeth, remove plaque and prevent gingivitis better than a manual toothbrush.

3. They are easier for children to use.

4. They have a built in timer so you don’t have to think about it. The toothbrush literally turns off after 2 minutes.


1. You have to charge the toothbrush or replace the batteries.

2. They are much more costly so be prepared to pay much more than you are used to.

3. Traveling with an electric toothbrush is more involved. They are much more bulky and you have to drag along a charger.

4. Dropping an electric toothbrush can be costly as they are more easily broken.

I hope that you have learned something from this article. Please ask Dr Henry-Ward if you have any questions no how to properly brush your teeth.