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Oral hygiene is an essential aspect of maintaining good health, and it primarily involves brushing our teeth.


Modern-day tooth brushing first became popular in Europe towards the end of the 17th century and spread worldwide. Regular toothbrushes are commonly made of plastic handles and nylon bristles and can be adult or kid-sized.

Manual toothbrushes have been around for many years and are an effective way of cleaning your teeth.

Advantages of manual toothbrushes include

  • Easily accessible – you can purchase a regular toothbrush at any convenient store, pharmacy, or gas station. You can use them at any time, and you do not have to charge them.
  • Effective – manual toothbrushes clean your well, and you should use them twice a
  • Cheap – regular toothbrushes are affordable, and you can buy one for $1 to $3.

Disadvantages of manual toothbrushes

  • Hurts teeth and gums – you are likely to brush too hard if using a manual toothbrush, which hurts your teeth and gums.
  • Untimed Brushing sessions – Your brushing sessions could be too long or too short because a manual toothbrush does not have a built-in timer.


Electric toothbrushes have gained popularity in the last 50 years since their invention. Their bristles rotate to clean your teeth, remove plaque, and have added movements, vibrations, and timers.  Some have rechargeable batteries.

Advantages of an electric toothbrush

  • More efficient – Electric toothbrushes are more effective at reducing the buildup of plaque and gingivitis.
  • Easier to use – Since electric toothbrushes do most of the work, which is helpful for people with limited mobility, such as those with developmental disabilities, carpal tunnel, and arthritis.
  • Timer – you can time your brushing session to remove plaque from teeth sufficiently.
  • Fun – electronic toothbrushes are engaging, making them fun to use, especially for children, which improves their hygiene habits.
  • Safe for gums – when you use electric toothbrushes, your gums will not get hurt.

Disadvantages of electric toothbrushes

  • Expensive – electric toothbrushes cost more than manual toothbrushes. New brushes cost $15 to $25, and disposable electric toothbrushes cost $5 to $8. There is an additional cost of replacing brush heads and batteries.
  • Inconvenient – Finding the correct replacement brush might not be easy since not all stores stock them, or your local store may not have the right brand. They are not a good option if you frequently travel since they need batteries or to be charged.
  • Messy – electric brushes create more saliva movement in the mouth, and the vibrations are not pleasant to everyone.


You should choose the type of toothbrush your child likes and will use more. The bristles should be soft, and the toothbrush head should be child-sized.

Neither an electric or manual toothbrush will work better than the other. Children can safely use both, but you should supervise them to ensure that they do not swallow their toothpaste. It would be best if you did a second brushing for toddlers to make sure they cleaned their teeth properly.


Manual and electric toothbrushes are both efficient at cleaning your teeth is used correctly for the required duration of time. Electronic toothbrushes make brushing more comfortable and are gentle on your gums, but they are more expensive, less convenient, and make a bigger mess. Ordinary toothbrushes are cheaper and more convenient, but they can easily damage your gums, and you need to time your sessions for a sufficient clean.

You need to replace the regular toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three to four months or sooner if the bristles wear out or you used it when ill. Whichever brush you choose, you should brush and floss your teeth twice a day.