Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

An Electric Versus Manual Toothbrush: What's the Difference?

October 29, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Meg Johnson
Image of tooth brush and tooth paste

When it comes to brushing your teeth, the most important factor is to brush regularly. The type of toothbrush you use—whether electric or manual—isn’t as important as the consistency of proper home care. It’s also crucial that you visit your Fayetteville, AR dentist for a dental exam and cleaning twice every year.

Both the manual and electric toothbrush are good at removing plaque. In fact, the American Dental Association has put its stamp of approval on both types of brushes.

But if you are thinking about upgrading your manual to an electric, here are some pro tips.

The Manual Toothbrush

This humble dental tool has been around for a long time. Sure, they lack the bells and whistles of the fancy electric toothbrushes on the market today, but they work. If you are comfortable with the manual toothbrush and believe you are doing an effective job brushing your teeth with it, there is no reason to switch to an electric.

Other advantages of the manual toothbrush:

  • They are easily accessible. You can get one almost anywhere, from the supermarket to the drugstore to the corner gas station.
  • They are affordable, usually costing just a couple of dollars.
  • They don’t need to be charged to work, so you can brush without worrying about electricity.

The Electric Toothbrush

There are plenty of options on the market today, and your biggest problem might be choosing one with the features that are most important to you.

Some of the advantages of the electric toothbrush include:

  • Many come with a built-in timer so you can be sure you’re brushing your teeth for the full two minutes, which is what the ADA recommends.
  • Because the electric toothbrush does most of the work for you, it is easier for people with limited mobility or arthritis to maneuver. For the same reason, it is ideal for young children who lack the dexterity to brush their teeth properly.
  • The movement of the electric toothbrush head can make plaque removal more effective.

Good home care is important to your oral health, regardless of the toothbrush you use. So is visiting your dentist regularly. Call Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, your Fayetteville, AR dentist, to make an appointment!


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