Manual vs Electric – What’s the difference?


Video courtesy of Adam Shomsky, 2012.

When it comes to choosing between a manual or electric toothbrush, it’s a personal choice – they’re equally effective at removing plaque (the furry stuff from your teeth). Regardless, they need to be kept in good condition. Over time, bristles become frayed and worn, so remember to replace the toothbrush or brush head every three months.

Another way to put it.

Think about cleaning a house. Everyone has a different way for how they like to clean, and some people are more tidy than others. Regardless, most people would agree that cleaning is far easier with the power tools: like a steam mop, or a vacuum. In the same way, most people who swap to an electric toothbrush would agree that the cleanliness they experience is night-and-day compared to a manual toothbrush.

Regardless, as long as you’re spending a thorough couple of minutes cleaning your teeth morning and night, no one can complain if you’re doing the job right. Just ask your dentist next time you visit if your cleaning is up to scratch- and they’ll let you know if there’s any room for improvement. Better yet, ask your significant other; if your breath is getting a little stale, it might mean the furriness on your teeth is a bit out of control.