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Electric vs Manual Toothbrush

Have you been on the fence about getting an electric toothbrush or sticking with the traditional manual toothbrush? Here are a few pros and cons that might help with your decision.

Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes can help you be more effective at removing plaque and build up from your teeth. The bristles either rotate or vibrate creating micro-movements as you brush your teeth.

They come with a built-in timer that makes it easier to achieve the recommended brushing time of 2 minutes. Some of them even come with a song to make brushing more fun for kids! Most electric toothbrushes come equipped with a pressure indicator letting you know if you’re brushing too hard.

They also do the hard work for you. This may come in handy for children, the elderly, or those that have limited dexterity.

Electric toothbrushes come highly recommended by dental professionals, combined with flossing and regular visits to help you obtain the best oral health.

There are a few drawbacks for electric toothbrushes, but they’re definitely not deal breakers! The cost for a rechargeable electric toothbrush ranges from $20-$200 depending on the type of cleaning action and the other built-in features. The toothbrush heads also need to be replaced often and they can range from $2-$25 depending on the brand and quantity.

Unlike a manual toothbrush, electric ones need to be charged or have the batteries changed.

Manual Toothbrush

A few great things about a traditional toothbrush are the cost, many options to choose from, and low maintenance. Most toothbrushes cost around $2-$10 and are commonly complimentary with a dental check-up. There are many different options of colors and bristles to customize and make brushing more fun. Another great thing is that there’s not a lot to it; just add toothpaste!

One drawback of a manual toothbrush is knowing how long you’re brushing. Without a timer, your brushing times could be very inconsistent. If you enjoy using a manual toothbrush, you might consider putting a timer in your bathroom.

Another manual toothbrush drawback is technique. Your success literally lies within your hands. Your toothbrush is only as good as you make it. You can also run the risk of pressing too hard and injuring your teeth and gums. Proper technique can be taught by your hygienist or dentist, but don’t be afraid to ask!

Whether you’re thinking about investing in an electric toothbrush or sticking with the tried-and-true manual toothbrush; the goal to achieve the best oral health is the same. Our Ogden, Utah office has electric toothbrushes in stock if you decide that you would like to purchase one. Please don’t hesitate to call our office with any other questions.


Torghele Dentistry is a family-owned dental office conveniently located in Ogden, UT. We offer a broad range of dental services, from top-notch preventive care to advanced dental implants. Come see why we've been such an important part of the community for the past four decades!