While everyone should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day, how you decide to brush is another story.

While many have always used a manual toothbrush purchased at the drug store for a few bucks, electric toothbrushes have become popular in recent years, with their prices ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars.

Each has its pros and each has its cons: Here is a deeper look on both:

The Old-Fashioned Manuel Toothbrush


  • Much more cost effective. You can purchase a decent one for just a few dollars.
  • Easy to travel with. Simply throw it in your bag with some toothpaste and your good to go.
  • There are a variety of head and bristle options to choose from depending on the status of your teeth and its surrounding area.


  • 100% manual. That means you do all the work and how good you brush depends how much physical effort you put into it.
  • They usually need to be replaced frequently and aren’t very durable once used a lot.

The Electric Toothbrush


  • Very easy to use. Simply hit a button and put in your mouth and the brush
  • Achieve a better overall cleaning. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes get deeper in areas then manual brushes meaning less plaque and tarter.
  • Many come with a built-in timer meaning you don’t have to guess how long you have been brushing.
  • Have to replace less frequently compared to manual brushes.


  • More expensive. For a good electric toothbrush you can pay upwards of $100 or more.
  • Require batteries or a place to plug it in for charging.
  • Bigger in size meaning harder to travel with.
  • Easier to break and damage.

No matter which type of toothbrush you choose, using it properly and efficiently is the most important for your overall oral health.

For recommendations and advice on what will work best for you and your family, speak with a Fresh Dental Smiles hygienist or dentist.

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