Which is better: Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

Which is better: Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

Feb 22, 2018Eleonora Avramova

Three months and a half have passed since you bought your manual toothbrush, the bristles of your toothbrush have become frayed – you know it’s time for a replacement. Recently, you heard somewhere that electric toothbrushes have it all and it’s a must buy. Here comes the dilemma – which one should you choose? The truth is both manual and electric toothbrushes have demonstrated effectiveness in maintaining dental health. Often, it depends on your personal preferences. Yet, each has different upsides and downsides. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons and you can decide for yourself.

Electric toothbrush

Advantages we can’t deny

  • Built-in timer

Dentists recommend that the brushing lasts at least two minutes. Electric toothbrushes are pretty useful, as they have built-in timers that help us brush for the precise amount of time. Manual ones do not provide such an extra, but you can still time yourself and make sure you’ve divided each minute for each jaw.

  • Pressure sensors

Some of the high-end models of power-driven toothbrushes come with pressure sensors. By checking for disproportionate pressure on the gums and teeth those specialized brushes help prevent gum bleeding and tooth erosion.

  • Solution for people with dexterity

For people suffering from conditions affecting their motor skills such as arthritis or rheumatism and the elderly electric toothbrushes can be extremely helpful. With a push of a button, they have the ability to brush their teeth easily.

Disadvantages you should have in mind

  • Not suitable for young children

For young children and toddlers below the age of three is it strictly forbidden to use electric toothbrushes. Plus, dentists warn that using the electric tool from an early age may interfere with the development of the motor skills which are necessary for manual brushing.

  • Harmful for sensitive teeth

By wearing away the protective layer of the tooth enamel, electric brushes expose the sensitive root, which may lead to painful and fatal consequences. People tend to brush too hard and fast, causing damage to the enamel and even bleeding gums.

  • Inconvenience

You just can’t run away from charging, which is not always possible. Definitely not an option for people who travel often. Electric toothbrushes usually come in a plastic box for storage and therefore take up much more space.

  • Price

Electric toothbrushes are too expensive. It costs a minimum of £10 to get a basic one. If you’d like to purchase a brush with some advanced features, then you have to pay as much as £100. Moreover, frequent investment in battery and head replacements, which increases the expense with another £5-10, is not to be forgotten. So if your budget does not allow you to spend extra money on supplies and the brush itself, it might be a problem.

Manual toothbrush

Disadvantages you should know

  • Consistent replacement

When using low-priced manual toothbrushes, the bristles may fall out or become flayed faster, which requires a more frequent replacement. In general, they should be replaced every 3-4 months, while with powered toothbrushes you only have to change the head/the battery.

  • No time orientation

Due to the lack of a timer, you need to guess the right amount of time you brush your teeth or simply count to 120 seconds inaudibly.

Advantages that are worth to show

  • Universal use

Regular toothbrushes are proven to be suitable for all ages. Adults or children, everyone can use it at minimal risk. It also teaches the kids’ hand coordination and self-awareness.

  • Variety

Another argument in the favour of manual brushes is the larger variety compared to the electric toothbrushes. As a customer, you can choose from small, standard and large heads with soft, medium or hard bristle in different colours.

  • Price

When it comes to the budget, traditional toothbrushes are, of course, remarkably cheaper than electric ones and way more easy to access as they can be found in almost every store out there.

  • Flexibility and control

Most people prefer to stick to a regular toothbrush, as they are in control of the vibrations, the speed and the movement of the tool, which assures them they have reached all mouth areas. Manual brushes also provide a greater ability to adjust pressure around sensitive areas.

  • Convenience

Convenience is important to everyone, especially travellers. With their small size standard toothbrushes take up less space, hence are easier to pack and stow. In addition, you have one less thing to think about – charging. The Nano-b toothbrush comes in its own travel case, ideal for storage while travelling.


So which one is it?

To conclude, the choice between manual and electric toothbrush comes down entirely to your individual preferences, because both can clean your teeth properly. But, as Dr Richard Price, ADA Dentist, says: “It’s not the brush. It’s the brusher.” That means it depends on the brushing manner and your consistency whether your smile will shine and you will maintain a good oral hygiene.


What do our customers think of the Nano-b toothbrush?

When it comes to manual toothbrushes, not all of them are as effective as necessary for the maintenance of a good oral hygiene. The design and the bristles play a significant role. Nano-b has the antibacterial properties of gold and silver and the charcoal creates a natural whitening effect. The bristles are double-layered that serves as a flossing function and goes in the impossible to reach places in the mouth. Many low-quality toothbrushes are dooming the good health of our teeth and gums as early as in the manufacturing process because of the way the machines cut the bristle tips. They create sharp edges that hurt the tooth enamel and gums. The results are sensitive teeth, bleeding gums and that leads to many more serious complications. Nano-b is created with a special machine that makes the bristle tips round, so every brushing goes without damaging our oral health. Hey, if you don't believe us - let's see what our customers have to share about the Nano-b Toothbrush:

Maksym K. says: “Been with the company for 3 years and very happy with brushes. The design is very pleasant, not like regular market offerings. Ergonomics are great as well. The brush head is smaller in size, which is great for reaching all around the mouth. Bristles are soft, and compared to soft brushes like Oral-b, it feels like you’re brushing your teeth with bristles made out of fur. I recommend everyone to use Nano-b for a month, and then try brushing their teeth with an old brush. You will understand what I am saying and you will be hooked for life with Nano-b.”

Alan C. also confirms: “This is the first manual toothbrush which really cleans well, flosses, and stays clean thanks to the nanoparticles. The first week of use can be somewhat painful, similar to when you start flossing for the first time. This then no longer is a problem and you just enjoy the best and cleanest brushing of your life!

Kathryn L. expresses her enthusiasm in brushing with Nano-b: “I love my new toothbrush and toothpaste - I look forward to seeing and feeling the gentle care my teeth will receive without the chemical and the power of the charcoal. Thank you for your consciousness in my health.”

Some people like William C. not just recommended the brushes, but also got some for his family: “I stock up and share them with my family. Everyone who has tried them, raves!

Denise S. points out the combination of beautiful design and proper work: “If a toothbrush can be elegant and effective, then this is it! Great handle and teeth feel clean!

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