Manual or Electric toothbrush, Which one is better?

Written by Dr Amrita Jain

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated May 2, 2024

Written by Dr Amrita Jain

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated May 2, 2024

Manual or electric toothbrushBrushing teeth is the foundation of our oral health. As per the American Dental Association(ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective in removing oral plaque. Electric and manual toothbrushes each have their own benefits and cons. Let us now know deep and you might find the best one. No matter which one you decide, brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily and cleaning your tongue will keep you away from all your dental problems.

Electric Toothbrush


Electric toothbrushElectric Toothbrush bristles vibrate and rotate to help to remove plaque in our teeth and gums. The vibration helps for more micro-movements every time you brush your teeth.

A review of studies shows that after three months of use, the plaque was reduced by 21 percent and gingivitis was reduced by 11 percent.

Electric toothbrushes work best for patients who have limited mobility. Such people with carpal tunnel syndrome, Arthritis, people unable to perform fine movements, paralysis, people in a wheelchair, etc. 

An electric toothbrush has a built-in timer. Therefore, it helps you brush your teeth long enough sufficiently, and remove plaque.

Burst Sonic toothbrush

Moreover, your electric toothbrush causes less waste. It lasts longer as compared to a manual toothbrush. You can completely replace it only when you really want to.

One study found that an electric toothbrush was helpful; for people with orthodontic appliances like braces because it makes brushing much easier.

If used properly, an electric toothbrush should not hurt your gums or enamel.

But because of the recent advances toothbrushes which are batter operated are also available

The new BURST  electric toothbrushes come with super soft charcoal-infused nylon bristles specially designed to remove the surface stains. They claim to remove 91% of the plaque and bacteria present on the teeth in comparison to the manual toothbrushes. The new burst toothbrushes are battery operated and make you brush your teeth in style.


Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual ones.

If you are travelling internationally, you might find it difficult to find a plug-in to charge these toothbrushes. Not everyone likes the vibrating feel. Also, electric toothbrushes create a bit more saliva secretion in your mouth, which may get messy.

Manual Toothbrush


Manual toothbrushes have been used for a long time. You can get a manual toothbrush anywhere like at the grocery store, gas station, pharmacy or even a small store or stall.

Also, they don’t need to charge to function. So you can use it anywhere and anytime.

Manual toothbrushes are cheap as compared to the electric toothbrushes.


A study found that people were more likely to brush too hard and develop gum problems. A manual toothbrush does not have a timer. Hence you will not know the duration of your brushing session.

Hence, both the toothbrushes have their benefits and limitations. Whether it be a manual one or an electric one it is our choice how to maintain our oral health.

Surprise! Toothbrush with an App

The newest technology called toothbrush with an app is now trending in the market. The toothbrush is connected to your phone via Bluetooth. This technology helps assess your brushing and helps you brush the right way.

There an inbuilt technology that has a timer and pressure sensors to warn you if you are brushing too aggressively. It also warns you about the areas that are left out to clean. It works on three modes the regular cleaning mode for daily use, the deep cleaning mode and the whitening mode to remove the stains on the teeth.

This technology has blown-up the minds of the people and comes as a surprise to know technology in dentistry can reach no limits.

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Author Bio: Dr. Amrita Jain is a practicing dental surgeon since 4 years. She completed her B.D.S in 2016 and was has been a rank holder throughout her course. She suggests “Holistic dentistry is the best dentistry”. Her treatment line follows a conservative pattern which means saving a tooth is of utmost priority and preventing your teeth from getting decayed rather than curing it with a root canal treatment. She inculcates the same while consulting her patients. Apart from her interest in clinical practice, she has developed interest in research and writing over a period of time. She states “It is my clinical experience that motivates me to write and spread dental awareness”. Her articles are well researched with a combination of technical knowledge and clinical experience.

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