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Electric Toothbrushes vs Manual Toothbrushes

Invented in the late 1930s, the manual toothbrush has revolutionized the way we maintain our oral hygiene. Over the last few decades, updates have been established to enhance the toothbrush’s functionality and overall effectiveness. In the late ‘90s, the electric toothbrush grabbed a lot of attention, but is it really more effective than the traditional style brush?

Manual Toothbrush           


  • Brushing only takes two minutes of your time
  • There is an endless selection including soft bristles, smaller heads, special prints for children, etc.
  • No batteries or outlets needed, making it easy to travel with
  • Free at the dentist and inexpensive over-the-counter


  • More vigorous scrubbing than electric toothbrushes
  • You have to estimate how long you have been brushing your teeth

Electric Toothbrush


  • The electric toothbrush does the work for you
  • Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque
  • Children prefer using this product as it tickles the teeth and is less work
  • Most of these toothbrushes come with a built-in timer


  • The battery needs to be charged or replaced
  • Costs significantly more than traditional toothbrushes
  • Traveling can be an issue because you need to carry around a charger
  • Electric toothbrushes break much easier

Your teeth will remain healthy as long as you maintain regular brushing with either a manual or electric toothbrush. Call Lindner Dental at 603.944.9196 to help select a toothbrush that is right for you!