Manual vs. Electric Brushes

What is the better brush - the manual or electric toothbrush? Find out the winner and what you should be using. 

We all have our preferences and love to tell people why we’re right and why others are wrong. But who really comes out on top on the manual vs. electric brush debate? To understand which is better, there are a few things we need to break down first.

It all comes down to budget, preference of technology and what is best suited to your mouth. Let’s explore what are the clear differences between the manual and electric brush and which one is right for you.

Manual Brush

The manual brush is the brush we all started our oral hygiene journey with, and it’s one that’ll always give you a decent result. Manual brushes come in various sizes, shapes and qualities. Some come with built-in tongue cleaners. For kids, the manual brush is easier to hold and control when first starting out. And at a fraction of the price compared to the electric brush, the results of the manual brush are hard to beat.

Like anything though, the manual brush does have its disadvantages. Due to its size and shape, the brush is limited to the area it can reach. The backs of teeth and other hard to reach areas such as where the wisdom teeth can be tricky to reach. A smaller brush head, like the electric brush has, makes brushing the back areas of the mouth easier.

Electric Brush

An electric brush enables the user to achieve a better brush with minimal effort and knowledge of oral hygiene practices. For people who struggle to maintain consistent motion with a manual brush, the electric brush takes care of this and ensures a thorough clean.

Although you'll save time and most likely get a more thorough cleaning with an electric brush, there is a downside. That downside is cost and maintenance. An electric brush costs more up front and must be maintained in order to work properly.


We’d love to be able to give a concrete answer. However, the fact in the matter is that every individual is different. Everyone has different needs, a different budget, and a different understanding of oral hygiene.

If you prefer a simple, inexpensive solution, and know how to brush your teeth properly with a manual brush - that may be the solution for you.

However, if you’re willing to pay a bit more for an easy and thorough clean, maybe consider the electric brush.

Whatever your preference is, we urge you to stick to these oral hygiene tips -

  • Make sure you brush twice a day

  • Use an extra soft or soft bristled brush

  • Brush for 2 minutes - set a timer if it helps!

  • Use gentle strokes and ensure you’re brushing the entire tooth

  • Brush your tongue

  • Floss at least every other day

If you have any questions regarding your own oral hygiene or are looking for a trusted Anstead Dentist, don’t hesitate to contact us at Karana Downs Dental.