Manual vs. Electric: What’s the Difference?
It’s time to address the elephant in the (bath)room– what’s the benefit of using an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush? You’ve probably asked the question whether you’ve only ever used a manual toothbrush, or you use an electric toothbrush and wonder if the cost was worth it. There are pros and cons to both options, so let’s explore them.
- Affordable - Manual brushes are more affordable than electric toothbrushes. For less than $10, you’re able to get a multi-pack that will last.
- Can be gentler - The pressure and speed is done manually, so you’re able to brush more gently than electric toothbrushes.
- More waste - Because you throw away the entire toothbrush after 90 days, you’re generating more waste when using manual toothbrushes.
- Less motion - You’re not able to generate as much motion manually as an electric motor.
- Less engaging - Manual toothbrush users are typically not as engaged, therefore spending less than the recommended amount of time brushing their teeth.
- Difficult for some - Brushing can be difficult for those with disabilities, dexterity, or inflammatory diseases that affect motor function and joint health.
- Less ergonomic - Manual brush heads are typically larger, making it more difficult to effectively clean hard-to-reach spots.
- Customizable - Electric toothbrushes have a variety of settings to choose from based on your needs, making your routine customizable.
- More efficient cleaning - With a motorized vibration, electric toothbrushes are capable of up to 40,000 strokes per minute. This makes for increased plaque removal and a deeper clean that fights stains from daily eat and drink.
- Protect from hard brushing - EVO toothbrushes help improve brushing safety with built-in pressure sensors that keep you from pressing too hard.
- Protect from over-brushing - Yes! Over brushing is a thing, it can introduce gum bleeding and weakening enamel. EVO toothbrush has a built-in timer tells you when you’ve brushed for the recommended 2 minutes.
- More ergonomic - Electric brush heads are smaller, making it easier to clean hard-to-reach places.
- Designed for all - Electric toothbrushes are easier to hold than manual toothbrushes and do the work for you, making it easier for those who struggle with dexterity and motor function.
- Less affordable - Electric brushes are a more costly upfront investment, and refills will be slightly more expensive than the average manual toothbrush.
- Need refill - You’ll more than likely need to order your brush head refills online.
- Need recharging - Electric brushes need to be charged every 30 days.