Toothbrushes: Electric or Manual?


The debate about whether an electric or manual toothbrush is better is of course as old as the electric toothbrush itself. So today we will look at this age old argument to see which is truly better, so read on to find out more.


Maximise the time

In order to brush your teeth effectively, dentists often recommend two minutes of brushing time as a good benchmark. In comparison, if you brushed your teeth with an electric toothbrush compared to a manual one, the electric toothbrush will always win here. Electric toothbrushes have the advantage of vibrating and oscillating, which allows them to remove much more plaque. You can obviously get so much more done in these two minutes.


Better oral health

Of course when a toothbrush is more effective, then naturally it will help you to maintain much better oral health. This will prevent issues like cavities and gingivitis, and can save you a lot of the hassle and even some money too!


You will also spend much less time at the dentist as a result of this, which gives you some extra time to do what you want and need to do.


There is a timer

Most electric toothbrushes have timers that let you know when the recommended brushing time of two minutes is up. This means that you will always brush your teeth for the right amount of time and there is no excuse .


They prevent staining

Electric toothbrushes are also very effective at removing those nasty coffee and wine stains on your teeth. Of course they are not the ultimate solution to teeth whitening, but they are a great way to keep those stains away. This will also mean that you will also need to spend less time with your hygienist.


They are good for sensitive teeth

The fact that electric toothbrushes move so quickly means that it is very difficult to press too hard on your teeth and gums compared to a manual toothbrush. This is absolutely perfect for those with sensitive teeth, as well as those with other types of dental work that may experience sensitivity as a result.



Electric toothbrushes are far better are removing plaque, bacteria and excess food from your mouth. No manual toothbrush can possibly keep up! Having said this thought, it is best to do what works for you and if you manage to maintain good oral hygiene with a normal toothbrush, then by all means continue. The key is of course to brush your teeth and no electric toothbrush is useful if you don’t use it! Happy brushing!


About the dentist

McInerney Dental Practice is a Fareham dentist.


South Wing

Fareham House

69 High Street



PO16 7BB