Manual vs Power Toothbrush


Currently, there are no significantly conclusive findings that pertain to the superiority of manual versus powered toothbrush. Since my group (for one of the classes) designed a protocol research outline for the adverse effects of rotation oscillation electric toothbrushes when compared to manual toothbrushes in a healthy population, I thought it would be appropriate to write a quick post on the main differences between the two types of brushes.


Many studies show that battery powered toothbrush with constant power is found to remove statistically more plaque compared to manual toothbrush control. Interestingly enough, they also seems to show an increase in gingival recession. For that reason, one must evaluate pros and cons of both types of toothbrushes.




- Thorough tooth cleaning with proper brushing technique
– Multiple toothbrush styles, bristles, heads and colours (depending on your needs)
– Easy to travel
– No batteries, no charging
– Inexpensive
– Tongue cleaner pads
– Gum stimulators

– Require more work
– No Timer
– Require manual dexterity
– Technique specific



– Easy to use
– Less work for better results
– More fun to use for children
– Build in Timer
– Pressure sensors
– Numerous brushing modes
– Digital reminders to replace brush head
– Require less dexterity

– Charging
– Expensive
– Difficult to travel with
– Easy to break


Finally, it is important to note that toothbrush is not the only critical aspect of effective control of dental plaque. Other factors such as toothbrushing technique, time as well as additional oral hygiene regimes must be taken into account in order to prevent dental caries, gingivitis and periodontal disease.