Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush

Some people like electric toothbrushes while others like manual. Both types have their pros and cons. I will give you a few reasons why both kinds are good and it will be up to you to decide whether you want an electric or a manual toothbrush.

1. The Price

A standard electric toothbrush costs more than a standard manual toothbrush. I’m using the term “standard” because you can find manual toothbrushes that are more expensive than some electric toothbrushes. On the other hand, an electric toothbrush also lasts longer than a manual toothbrush, so normally you’ll be in a dilemma which one to buy.

Look at it this way – an electric toothbrush is a bigger but better investment. It has a bigger initial cost, but it pays off with durability and usability alike. I’d say if you can afford it – go with electric.

2. The Benefits

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a routine and you should think about it carefully. It’s not just about cleaning the food particles from your teeth; it’s also about getting the best possible care for your teeth.

Electric toothbrush is much better at cleaning than manual toothbrush. It actually rotates very quickly half a circle to the left and half a circle to the right. This kind of movement provides better cleaning for your teeth than a simple up and down movement people usually make while brushing their teeth with a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrush is especially good if you have sensitive gums with a tendency to bleed easily, because you can clean your teeth without applying too much pressure to the gums.

Electric toothbrush provides a beneficial massage for your gums, of course if your gums are not too sensitive. On the other hand, a lot of manual toothbrushes have special parts that are used for cleaning your tongue. Electric toothbrushes usually don’t have those.

3. Cleaning and Storage

Manual Toothbrush
Electric toothbrush requires more cleaning and more space than a manual toothbrush. You will need to remove the head of the electric toothbrush after brushing, because the water can get stuck underneath it and cause the pin that holds it to rust. You also need to pay attention not to get any water in the battery container, because it can make a short circuit and destroy your toothbrush. When it comes to storage, a lot of electric toothbrushes have really big bases that take up a lot of space. Plus they need to be cleaned too.

On the other hand, a manual toothbrush only needs a rinse with water and a wipe with a towel. There is nothing that can rust on it, and it doesn’t need to be put in a special base, a simple holder will do just fine. As soon as you get bored with it or accidently drop it, you can buy a new one for little money. If that happens with an electric toothbrush, you’re looking at a bigger expense.

4. What to Do in the End?

Electric Toothbrush
When it comes to this decision I’d say – buy both. If you already can afford an electric toothbrush, it is great to have it, because it is really much better for your teeth than a manual toothbrush. On the other hand, you can have a manual toothbrush too. Use it whenever you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to tend to your electric toothbrush. It’s also a much better idea to bring a manual toothbrush when you travel.

Whichever toothbrush you choose, as long as you brush your teeth thoroughly, you’ll be good. An electric toothbrush is not some magical solution for teeth problems, but it is overall a better brush than a manual one.

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I’m a free spirit who likes to travel, cook and fly. Licensed paraglider pilot, I spend all my spare time flying. In the meantime, I like to share my recipes and travel experiences.

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