Electric or manual toothbrush: What's your style?

What’s the best tool for brushing your teeth? A case can be made for both electric and manual toothbrushes, but the ultimate decision is a matter of personal taste.

Electric toothbrushes offer bristle head options to increase plaque removal, and timers to signal a full two-minute brushing. They also require less manual motion – helpful for those with arthritis. However, they are more expensive, and batteries need to be recharged or replaced.

Manual toothbrushes are low cost, widely available and portable. They also allow the user to control the pressure applied to teeth and gums. The downside is they don’t have timers and may be difficult to grip firmly.

According to Dr. Wayne Silverman, Director at Dominion Dental, both types are effective when used twice a day.

Dr. Wayne Silverman, Dominion’s Dental Director, has more than 30 years of consulting, teaching, and private practice experience. He helps design and review Dominion’s plans, policies and administrative procedures. He is also an associate professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.