Do Electric Toothbrushes Clean Better Than Regular Toothbrushes?

Do Electric Toothbrushes Clean Better Than Regular Toothbrushes?

Since electric toothbrushes spin at a rate of about 30,000 strokes per minute it’s easy to believe that they clean better than a manual brushing. But is it true? We are all different and different things work better for some then others. So the answer is a bit complicated but overall it is – YES.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes do the job of removing plaque and bacteria from teeth. However, reports from the ADA also state that effectiveness is more about the way a person uses their toothbrush than whether or not it’s electric. At the same time, studies conducted by electric toothbrush manufacturers claim that patients who use electric toothbrushes report healthier smiles.

Essentially, when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for you, you should weigh your options, consider your needs, and examine the pros and cons of each.

Manual Toothbrush Pros & Cons


Budget friendly

Easy to take on flights and vacations

No charging or changing batteries


No timer to help brush for the recommended two minutes

May be difficult for some people to use properly

Easy to brush too hard which can cause damage

Electric Toothbrush Pros & Cons


Easier to use, especially for those with dexterity problems

Often feature a timer

May help following a proper technique easier


More expensive than manual toothbrushes

Typically bulky which can make storage or travel difficult

Charging required

Overall, you should pick the toothbrush option that fits your needs best.

We recommend electric toothbrushes, as we have seen a significant improvement in patients who switched to electric toothbrushes. If you’re not sure or have any concerns or questions, talk with Dr. Carmichael about what she recommends depending on your needs and concerns.

Dr. Natalya Carmichael

General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Rancho Penasquitos, CA

(858) 779-8668

9728 Carmel Mountain Rd. Suite B,

San Diego, CA 92129