When it comes to toothbrushes, many people have their preferences and opinions. Tough or soft bristle, green or blue and of course electric or manual. The latter choice being one of the biggest decisions you will have in your tooth cleaning efforts. But, many question if there is even any difference between the two toothbrushes.

So, is there any advantage or disadvantages to using an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush?


One added advantage to a manual toothbrush is obviously the increased number and variety of brushes, you can find the toothbrush to suit your needs in every shop. Whether you wish to have a large, medium or small head it is easy to source – many even come with tongue cleaning options.

Another advantage that people find in a manual option is an increased flexibility and movability. This is a result of the smaller size and the fact that the manual version of a toothbrush is typically easier to move around. Not only this, but manual toothbrushes are a much more affordable option as they often come at a price below £5, some are even less than a pound. For those with stretched budgets, the manual brush is better on the wallet and the teeth.

Close up of toothpaste on toothbrush

Electric Toothbrush

However, you will find that many people (including dentists) actually recommend an electric toothbrush rather than the manual variety. The constant rotation of the brush as you move it over your teeth offers a key additional benefit, one that a manual brush simply can’t. This additional action helps to shift away much more of the debris left by your daily intake of food and drink.

The higher speed of the electric toothbrush leads to a deeper, cleaner, feel for your teeth. As a result, you can even remove surface stains.

Electric Toothbrush

However, you must remember that many people have a tendency to push too hard against their gums when brushing. This leads to a wearing away of the gum line, which can in-turn increase the overall sensitivity of your teeth. A solution to this can come in the electric toothbrush itself, which in some variations flashes red when you impart too much force into brushing in order to help prevent this issue. Depending on how much you wish to spend on your toothbrush, the

Whether you use a manual brush or an electric brush, you deserve to have beautifully white teeth. Here at Bay Dental, we offer teeth whitening, which is a highly-effective method of lightening the colour of your teeth. And it is completely safe! Contact our friendly team today and we’ll be delighted to help.

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