The Pros and Cons of Electric Toothbrushes

The Pros and Cons of Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are advertised as being better at cleaning than their manual counterparts, and therefore better for your oral health, but is that really the case? Take a look through these pros and cons of electric toothbrushes and decide for yourself.


  • Ease of use: Electric toothbrushes do make the task of cleaning your teeth easier, since the vibrations of the bristles do most of the work for you, taking out some of the elbow grease usually required.

  • More plaque removed: Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective at cleaning away plaque from teeth, which keeps you better protected from cavities.

  • Timed: Some electric toothbrushes come with a timer set to two minutes, which makes it easy to know when you’ve brushed for long enough.


  • Charging: Electric toothbrushes require either batteries or regular charging in order to work, which can be inconvenient, especially when traveling. It could also add to the cost of the toothbrush itself if you have to buy batteries regularly for it.

  • Break: Electric toothbrushes are easier to break than manual toothbrushes.

  • More expensive: You can probably guess that electric toothbrushes will be more expensive than manual ones. And that’s not including the cost of the replacement heads, which, like with all brushes, need to be changed out approximately every three months. Both the brush itself and the replacement heads are more expensive than standard toothbrushes.

There are definitely advantages to using electric toothbrushes, and it’s recommended that you use them, if possible. However, standard toothbrushes also do the job of keeping your teeth clean fairly well and can be more convenient to travel with. Remember that you can keep your teeth clean and healthy with either type of toothbrush just as long as you’re using that brush regularly.