Electric Toothbrushes Vs. Manual Toothbrushes: What To Use?

We’re not obsessed with technology, and aren’t willing to adopt anything just because it’s “new.” There’s something soothing about the smell of a real book with paper pages, and going out to get drinks with a friend instead of just texting them to catch up and connect.

But, there are times when we are ready to embrace what technology can give us. For example, when it comes to our teeth, we’re very open-minded to the benefits a little technology can bring. So, whether you’re interested in buying an electric toothbrush, or you just want to learn more about why you may want one, keep reading.

What is it?

Electric toothbrushes vibrate or rotate, which helps them remove plaque from teeth and gums. The vibration encourages more micro-movements that clean your teeth, some say better than a manual toothbrush.

Pros for Electric Toothbrushes

Effective at Removing Plaque

Some studies indicate that electric toothbrushes may decrease the amount of plaque and gingivitis on your teeth more than manual toothbrushes are able to. If you are a lazy brusher or someone who rushes through it to get to bed faster, an electric toothbrush could help make up for some of those glossed-over spots on your teeth.


If you brush your teeth sufficiently you can remove plaque from your teeth and gums every night. Rushing through your nightly (or morning) brushing can lead to skipping parts of the teeth or not giving enough time to sufficiently remove plaque. Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer to help you spend more time with your teeth and may help you lower your rates of plaque.

Cons For Electric Toothbrushes


Plug-in toothbrushes may not be a great idea if you travel internationally often, since outlets and electricity will vary from country to country. Manual toothbrushes will also take up less room in your luggage. You may need to use a manual toothbrush in these situations.

Give us a call today at (239) 597-7333 to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful with the right brushing technique.

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