The Great Toothbrush Battle: Manual vs. Electric

When someone says “toothbrush,” most people think of a manual toothbrush. For the first 60 years of its existence, the original concept of the toothbrush remained largely unchanged. When the electric toothbrush entered the market in the 1990s, it quickly became a popular alternative to the manual model. If you’re considering switching to an electric toothbrush, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of both types of toothbrushes.

With proper brushing technique, a manual toothbrush allows you to clean your teeth thoroughly in just two minutes. There is a wide selection of styles available including varying heads, bristles, and colors. You can choose a manual toothbrush that fits your needs perfectly, such as a smaller brush for a smaller mouth or a brush tailored to sensitive gums. Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive, readily available, and ideal for traveling because they don’t require batteries or charging outlets. It’s important to replace your manual toothbrush every three months. Manual toothbrushes take longer to use than electric toothbrushes and don’t feature a timer, leaving you to set your own timer or estimate the amount of time you’ve been brushing.


Typically, electric toothbrushes contain a built-in timer that stops the toothbrush automatically after one or two minutes, taking out the guesswork. Electric models are easy to use. Simply place the brush at a 45 degree angle and let it do all the work. You get better results with less effort. Many people find the electric toothbrush more fun to use, which is an incentive to use it more often. Electric toothbrushes are much more expensive than their manual counterparts and require batteries or a charger. An electric toothbrush is a fragile item. You must treat it with care, which can be another concern when traveling.

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Dr. Orest Frangopol is the Owner of OC Dental Implants, a leading dental office in the Orange County area. Dr. Frangopol is an expert in providing comprehensive implant services that include: single tooth dental implant, bone grafting, dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. He along with his team has a reputation of offering affordable dental implants combined with customized treatment for all his patients.

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