Is An Electric Toothbrush Better Than A Traditional Toothbrush?

Learn The Truth About Which Is Best For Your Teeth

While electric toothbrushes have become a staple in plenty of homes, there are still plenty of families who prefer their tried-and-true manual toothbrush. So the question remains: which is better? Dr. Acosta of Acosta Dental Arts says there is no simple way to answer that question, as neither is truly better.

All in all, if you properly brush, flossing, and rinse on a daily basis you should see the same results with either. That being said, some patients find that their daily oral care routine is made easier (or harder) by using an electric toothbrush. To help anyone who is on the fence, Dr. Acosta prepared this list of pros and cons.

electric toothbrush vs traditional toothbrush

Manual Powered Toothbrush

Ah, the age-old toothbrush. The classic toothbrush that just about everyone is familiar with. They come in a wide variety of styles, but the classic bristle and handle design will never change. Some people love these while others hate them. Let’s touch on some of the pros and cons of the manual toothbrush.


  • Inexpensive and easy to find. Just about any drugstore or pharmacy sells toothbrushes. You can also snag one for free every time you visit your dentist.
  • Huge selection of colors, bristles, shapes, and styles. There are a number of different oral care brands that sell different styles of brushes so you can find the exact one that fits you.
  • No batteries, charging, or bulky bases are required. Just you and your toothbrush!
  • Travel is a breeze. A simple travel case or bristle protector and you are good to go.
  • You can successfully eliminate and prevent bacteria, plaque, and debris from building up in your mouth. This is probably the most important one on the list! As long as you utilize proper brushing technique, a manual toothbrush can keep your smile looking beautiful!


  • More manual work. Obviously, your hand cannot move as quickly as an electric-powered toothbrush can (and we urge you not to try!), which means a little more work on your end.
  • No timer. Some patients find they don’t spend enough time brushing unless guided.
  • Must be entirely replaced every three months. Electric bristles need to be replaced, too, but you won’t have to get rid of the whole thing.

Electric Toothbrush

For the high-tech oral care enthusiast, an electric toothbrush is a no-brainer. But for others, they are a bulky nuisance not welcome their bathroom. Not sure which one you are? Read through this list to help you figure it out.


  • Easy to use. Once you get the hang of how to use it (which is a cinch!) the electric toothbrush does all the work for you, which means all you need to do it hold it at a 45˚ angle.
  • Kids are more receptive to them. Many parents find that getting their children to brush their teeth is a hassle. Since these toothbrushes do all the work for you, they can be easier to use with kids. In some cases, kids even enjoy using them!
  • Timed brushing. Most, if not all, electric toothbrushes have built-in timers that beep or shut off entirely once two minutes are up. This eliminates any guessing and helps you avoid over-brushing.
  • Better results with less work. Oftentimes, the appeal behind electric toothbrushes is the ability to break down plaque and germs with minimal work from the user.

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  • Cost. In comparison to manual toothbrushes, electric ones have a more significant price tag. Simple styles will range in the lower price range, while those with more fancy settings will cost more.
  • Traveling. While you can find travel toothbrushes or invest in a battery powered second, traveling with a bulky electric toothbrush can be frustrating for some.
  • Fragile. Unlike manual styles, a drop to the floor can be fatal to your electric toothbrush. (Always replace any bristles that have made contact with the floor!)
  • Needs charge or batteries. In order for you to be able to use your toothbrush, you will have to ensure it is connected to a power supply.

Still Undecided?

One of the most important things to remember is to be honest with yourself! Do you have trouble remembering to floss or brush for a whole two minutes? Then a sonic or electric powered toothbrush might be right for you. Or perhaps you simply can’t justify spending the extra cash when your oral health is in tip top shape. That’s cool, too! Stick with your manual toothbrush. The most important part is that you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

For all your dental health needs, including cleaning, whitening, and overall maintenance, Dr. Acosta is here to help. To schedule an appointment at our North Palm Beach office, call us today at 561-622-030!

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