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Should you use a manual or powered toothbrush?

Should you use a manual or powered toothbrush?
Posted on September 13, 2022

Taking care of your teeth is an important part of your overall health, but there are many conflicting messages about exactly how to take care of your teeth and what is best for them. You may hear that some dentists recommend manual while others recommend electric toothbrushes and wonder which one is best for you. Each has its benefits; however, certain characteristics may make one better or worse for you. Here’s what you need to know. 

Plaque removal

Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque that builds up around your teeth and gums. The vibration from the toothbrush allows for more movements to get in between your teeth as you’re brushing. 

Limited manual dexterity

If you have limited mobility in your hands, electric toothbrushes are better to help ensure your teeth will be well cleaned. For those with conditions like carpal tunnel, arthritis or other conditions limiting hand use, using an electric toothbrush can be helpful for brushing your teeth with ease. Individuals with developmental delay may find electric toothbrushes easier to maneuver.


Pricey electric toothbrushes may be a limiting factor for some. Anyone who has purchased an electric toothbrush knows that it can be costly to purchase, and the replacement heads may not be easy to find when you need to replace them. 

If funds are tight, purchasing an electric toothbrush may not be the right decision for you. A manual toothbrush can work effectively to keep your teeth clean and remove harmful plaque buildup as long as you brush regularly. 

Help reduce waste 

When it comes to electric toothbrushes, you only need to replace the head of the toothbrush, not the whole thing. This can help reduce waste which may be an important consideration for some. 

Improved focus on brushing

When it comes to brushing your teeth, some studies have found that people are more focused on the act of brushing their teeth when they are using an electric toothbrush over a manual one. This can mean that ultimately your teeth are cleaner and better taken care of. 

Better oral care for orthodontic patients

For people who have orthodontic appliances – like braces – using an electric toothbrush can help take better care of their teeth while they are receiving treatment. The electric toothbrush gets between the parts of the appliance and removes bacteria and other buildups that could cause cavities or major dental issues in the future. 


Manual toothbrushes are far more accessible for people to find and buy than electric toothbrushes are.  Additionally, electric toothbrushes require the correct heads (usually unique to each brand) which can be a challenge to find.  Manual toothbrushes can be purchased from almost any store and will work without issue.  While electric brushes are better at cleaning teeth some may consider manual due to accessibility especially while travelling. If you are travelling and forgot your toothbrush, it may be easier to find a manual one than to replace your electric one. 

Contact Creekview Dental today

Regardless of which type of toothbrush you choose, taking good care of your teeth is very important to your overall health. If you have questions about which option is best for you, contact Creekview Dental to make an appointment with one of our dental hygiene experts. Electric toothbrushes can be found at most drug stores or can be ordered and purchased at cost from our clinic.

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