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Do Electric Toothbrushes Clean Better Than Regular Toothbrushes?

added on: July 10, 2018


With all the hype surrounding electric toothbrushes lately, the team at our dental office in Danville wanted to take the opportunity to talk to our neighbors about what’s true about those claims of a superior clean, as well as provide a few pros and cons to both electric toothbrushes and their manual counterparts. Let’s start with the truth…

Just the Facts

Since electric toothbrushes spin at a rate of about 30,000 strokes per minute it’s easy to believe that they clean better than a manual brushing. But is it true? The answer is a bit complicated.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes do the job of removing plaque and bacteria from teeth. However, reports from the ADA also state that effectiveness is more about the way a person uses their toothbrush than whether or not it’s electric. At the same time, studies conducted by electric toothbrush manufacturers claim that patients who use electric toothbrushes report healthier smiles.

Essentially, when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for you, you should weigh your options, consider your needs, and examine the pros and cons of each.

Manual Toothbrush Pros & Cons


Budget friendly

Easy to take on flights and vacations

No charging or changing batteries


No timer to help brush for the recommended two minutes

May be difficult for some people to use properly

Easy to brush too hard which can cause damage

Electric Toothbrush Pros & Cons


Easier to use, especially for those with dexterity problems

Often feature a timer

May help following a proper technique easier


More expensive than manual toothbrushes

Typically bulky which can make storage or travel difficult

Charging required

Overall, you should pick the toothbrush option that fits your needs best. If you’re not sure, talk with your dentist in Danville about what we’d recommend for your specific needs.