Electric or Manual toothbrush is explained by Dr. Ardy, Roseville, CA dentist.


There have been multiple studies comparing the effectiveness of electric or manual toothbrushes.

Although not all electric brushes are the same, these studies conclude that in general electric brushes are more efficient in controlling plaque than manual brushes. Theoretically, you can do a very good brushing with a regular hand brush, but the movements of an electric brush make the task easier and more effective.

Also, some electric brushes (Sonicare) produce sonic vibrations that are difficult to mimic with a hand brush! Other electric brushes like Oral-B have small heads that help you access hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. This aspect is more important when you are talking about someone with orthodontic braces or a history of gum disease.

If you have any questions about electric toothbrushes, give us a call today! Or ask your hygienist during your cleaning appointment for more information on this topic.

Electric toothbrush benefits

Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help you remove plaque buildup from your teeth and gums. The vibration allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth.

  • More effective at removing plaque
  • Easier for people with limited mobility
  • Built-in timers
  • May cause less waste
  • May improve your focus while brushing
  • May improve oral health in people with orthodontic appliances
  • Fun for kids
  • Safe for gums

Manual toothbrush benefits

Manual toothbrushes have been around for a long time. While they don’t have the bells and whistles found in many electric toothbrushes, they are still an effective tool for cleaning your teeth and preventing gingivitis.

If you’re most comfortable sticking with a manual toothbrush, continue using one if it means you’ll still brush twice per day, every day.

  • Affordable
  • Accessible

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing oral plaque that causes decay and disease.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.