Electric vs manual toothbrushes

Pro-tips for buying your next toothbrush

Miranda, one of our amazing hygienists, gives you some tips on buying electric vs manual toothbrushes.

Electric Toothbrushes


  • Can remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush, helping to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease
  • Has a 2-minute timer built-in, so you know you’re brushing the full recommended 2 minutes (many people only brush for about 30 seconds)
  • The toothbrush does the work for you!
  • The vibrations massage the gums, which helps increase blood flow and promotes healthy gums
  • Effectively removes stains
  • Especially helpful for people with gum disease or gum recession
  • Great for people with braces


  • More expensive than manual toothbrushes
  • Requires charging
  • Sometimes it takes some time to get used to the feeling of the vibrations


  • We recommend Sonicare brand electric toothbrushes
  • Change your electric toothbrush heads every three months, or after you’re sick

Manual Toothbrushes


  • Inexpensive
  • Can maintain oral health with proper brushing technique
  • Easy to toss in your suitcase and travel with


  • No built-in timer, which leaves you guessing how long you’ve been brushing for
  • Requires more work than an electric toothbrush


  • Buy a soft or extra soft toothbrush, not a medium or hard one! Anything more abrasive than a soft can actually damage your gum tissue over time
  • Buy a toothbrush with bristles made out of nylon because it dries quickly and doesn’t harbor bacteria
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months, or after you’re sick


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