There has been a battle raging for years as to which kind of toothbrush is more effective at removing dental plaque. Here is a short list of pros and cons for each side we’ve compiled to help you make the decision that is best for you and your family.


Manual Toothbrush:

  • Pros:

    • Tried and true device that has been used through the ages, all you need to do is make sure it has the seal of approval from the ADA.
    • Readily available almost anywhere
    • Low cost
    • Low to basically no maintenance (no need to charge or replace batteries)
  • Cons:

    • People tend to not brush long enough without a built in timer
    • It’s easier to brush too hard and cause gum and/or tooth damage
    • It can also be easier to be lazy and not brush hard enough to actually get the plaque off of every tooth and tooth surface
    • Can be harder for people with low dexterity to brush as effectively

Electric Toothbrush

  • Pros:

    • The vibration allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth (less work for you)
    • Built in timer to help you optimize your brushing routine
    • Helps to prevent brushing too hard and causing damage to gums and or teeth
    • Very beneficial to individuals who have low dexterity (elderly, carpal tunnel sufferers, developmentally impaired)
  • Cons:

    • Are more expensive than a manual brush
    • High maintenance (charging, replacing batteries, finding the correct replacement head)
    • Causes more saliva movement in your mouth which can be uncomfortable and messy for some individuals
    • Breakable or more susceptible to damage


With all this information don’t forget to ask your dentist what he/she thinks would be the best option for your personalized dental treatment. Also take into mind that the American Dental Association states that either toothbrush is great as long as it is getting used often and properly!