Making sure you brush your teeth every day is the foundation of a good oral hygiene routine at home but is using an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?

The good news is that both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective tools in the fight against oral plaque build-up that leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

Both electric and manual toothbrushes have their own individual benefits, so if you cannot afford to use an electric toothbrush then using a manual toothbrush is better than not brushing at all!

Electric toothbrush pros and cons

Electric toothbrushes are designed to vibrate or rotate to help with the removal of plaque from the surface of your teeth. The moving head allows the bristles to clean with more micro-movements, which is more effective at removing plaque than a traditional toothbrush, and according to a review of many studies were found to decrease more plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes.

Using an electric toothbrush may improve oral health in people with orthodontic appliances such as braces because it can make brushing easier.

The downside of using an electric brush over a manual brush is that electric toothbrushes are more expensive to buy. Replacement heads are also more expensive than buying a new manual toothbrush and depending on the make and model you use, you may struggle to get replacement heads easily, especially if your local chemist or supermarket doesn’t stock your brand.