Confrontation: conventional toothbrush VS electric

Technological progress in the field of oral hygiene does not stand still. Comfortable and efficient electric toothbrushes have long been produced and regularly improved. However, not everyone is still using them. One of the reasons, along with the higher cost compared to conventional brushes, is not knowing how electric models differ from conventional ones. Should I change my toothbrush to an electric toothbrush?

If, when using a conventional brush, you need to carry out intensive cleaning movements, then in the case of an electric one, you only need to slowly move it along the teeth. Cleaning is carried out automatically. This is true, first of all, for people with pain in the joints of the fingers (arthritis, etc.).

There are three types of electric toothbrushes: rotary , sonic , and ultrasonic . With rotary brushes, the cleaning head rotates quickly from side to side. Sonic bristles are driven by high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasonics use ultrasound for this, so they work silently. When you turn on the ultrasonic brush, it may seem that nothing is happening. However, if you apply the paste, it will start to foam. Ordinary toothbrushes differ only in design, material and stiffness of the bristles, the principle of operation is the same. Ideally, you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, but rarely does anyone really maintain this interval, since you have to control the brushing time yourself.

The timer, available in most electric models, makes it possible not to monitor the time of the procedure. The timer can work in general mode, it can also be set to specific time intervals for different zones or cleaning modes. Depending on the model, electric brushes can have from one to five modes of operation. For example, the mode of whitening, delicate cleaning, massage.

Electric brushes run on batteries, more expensive versions run on batteries. A charge, depending on the model and frequency of use, lasts from several days to several weeks. From time to time, batteries or accumulators may not sit down in time, while a regular toothbrush is always ready for use.
















In addition to price and autonomy, the advantage of conventional brushes is also a wider range of ergonomically diverse models, among which you can easily choose the best option for yourself so that it fits comfortably in your hand during use and at the same time effectively copes with its task.

Electric toothbrush B.Well PRO-810

[rotary, hardness – medium, modes – 1, nozzles – 1 pc, battery powered, white, purple]
799 *
61Stores: 30 stores
Choice of nozzles and modes
Thanks to the ability to change brush heads, the whole family can use one electric toothbrush. Nozzles can have labels of different colors, which makes it easier to use the same brush together. You can install various specialized attachments, for example, for whitening: manufacturers often produce such attachments for most of their models.

Ordinary brushes also have a variety of uses, but you may end up needing to use several toothbrushes daily for highly specialized tasks. For example, for cleaning orthodontic structures. In this case, electric toothbrushes can be supplemented with another nozzle, which takes up less space. However, if we compare the sizes of the brushes themselves, then ordinary brushes are much more compact, since the electric brush must provide space for the motor, battery and other components.

Replacement nozzle Hapica BRTP-1 Interbrush 899 *
Due to wear and tear, it is recommended to periodically change the nozzles – at least once every three months. Some nozzles have special indicator bristles. Reducing them to a certain level or changing color indicates the need to replace the nozzle with a new one. Advanced brushes may have a digital reminder to replace the head. Some models come with a special UV sanitizer that is used to remove germs left on the nozzle after use.


Ordinary toothbrushes are less likely to be equipped with a wear indicator. In addition, due to the low cost, additional accessories are not included with such brushes. Ordinary brushes, as well as nozzles, require replacement every three months. Here, classic brushes have a price advantage, since replacing a brush is on average cheaper than replacing a nozzle. Especially when it comes to changing nozzles for the whole family.

Replacement nozzle B.Well

[for toothbrushes, 4 pcs]
399 *
28Stores: 2 stores

ProfiCare PC-EZS 3000 set

[for toothbrushes, 4 pcs]
550 *
oneStores: 2 stores
Electric toothbrushes and charging docks contain electronic components that can fail. Manufacturers protect toothbrushes from moisture and toothpaste, but failure of one or another component is not uncommon, since only brush heads are subject to regular replacement, and the electric toothbrush itself has been used for years. Breaking a regular toothbrush is difficult, but possible. But usually she still works out her 3 months before a scheduled replacement.

Conducted tests of electric brushes show that they can remove up to 90% of plaque. It should be noted that 100% plaque removal is possible only at a professional cleaning at the dentist. The classic brush makes an average of ten strokes per area, while the rotary brush head makes several thousand strokes per minute. The vibration frequency of the bristles of a sonic brush reaches tens of thousands per minute, and an ultrasonic brush – millions.

Electric brushes are much better at cleaning hard-to-reach areas. When using ultrasonic brushes, the paste dissolved in the liquid is converted into lyosol, which, under the influence of ultrasonic waves, can penetrate into the space between the teeth and under the gum. Ultrasound also kills some of the germs in the mouth. Electric brushes do a good job of massaging the gums (there are special modes for massage). Some models, such as Philips and Oral-B, control the correct brushing and give individual recommendations through the application so that the owner of the brush really brushes his teeth.

Philips Sonicare for KIDS Electric Toothbrush HX6322/04

[for children, sound, hardness – soft, modes – 2, nozzles – 2 pcs, battery powered, white, blue]
4 950 *
78Stores: 2 stores

Electric toothbrush Braun Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 4000 D601.524.3

[rotary, hardness – medium, modes – 3, nozzles – 2 pcs, pressure sensor, battery powered, white]
4 299 *
269 2
Stores: 15 stores
Ordinary toothbrushes can’t match electric toothbrushes in terms of brushing efficiency per unit of time, but the effectiveness of classic dental care can be improved by wisely choosing a brush and toothpaste. If, for example, a whitening effect is desired, a brush with hard bristles and a paste with a whitening effect should be selected accordingly. When choosing a regular brush, you should pay attention to the configuration of the pile. So, the bristles located crosswise better cope with the cleaning of the interdental spaces.

There is a widespread concern that an electric toothbrush with its high vibration intensity can lead to damage to tooth enamel, gums, fillings and dentures. In fact, the risk of causing some damage with a regular brush with hard bristles, if used too zealously, is no less than an electric one, especially if you are used to pressing the brush hard.

Many models of electric brushes are equipped with a special pressure sensor that controls how hard the bristles are pressed against the tooth enamel during brushing. In case of excessive pressure, a sound or light signal is given, or the brush stops working.

Like conventional toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes vary in bristle stiffness. Before buying an electric brush, it is recommended to additionally consult with your dentist in case of increased sensitivity of the teeth and gums, the presence of dental structures and other problems. He will recommend the type and stiffness of the brush that best suits your teeth. This is especially true for ultrasonic brushes, which, if not used carefully, are thought to pose a threat to oversized dentures or fillings.

Using the mobile app
If the toothbrush has a Bluetooth module, you can use a special mobile application (for example, the Oral-B application for “smart” toothbrushes of this brand), which controls the device and controls the process. The brushing recognition system and 3D tracking allow you to clean all, without exception, parts of the jaw with high quality. You can set up individual care programs, track bleeding gums, and more.


There are similar applications without brush synchronization. They can be used with electric brushes without Bluetooth, as well as with conventional ones. So, for example, the 32 teeth utility includes a brushing time reminder, a timer and a visual algorithm. The application is useful primarily for children, helping them to instill the right skills.

Motivation for kids
There are a large number of special children’s brushes on the market with a bright, cute design and soft bristles. However, parents are often afraid to buy an electric toothbrush for their child, believing that it can damage children’s delicate teeth and gums.

But practice shows that it is easier to teach children to regularly brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush than with a regular one, since the process of using an electric toothbrush is much more interesting for them. Children are rather careless in their oral hygiene, they are too lazy to brush their teeth thoroughly. The electric brush makes their task much easier and is perceived with much greater optimism. The use of a brush in combination with a mobile application that will remind you of brushing time will be perceived by the child as a game.

Electric toothbrush Longa Vita KAB-1 Angry Birds + head

[for children, rotary, hardness – soft, modes – 1, nozzles – 2 pcs, battery powered, orange]
450 *
116 one
In stores: 23 stores

Mega Ten Kids Sonic Electric Toothbrush

[for children, hardness – soft, modes – 1, nozzles – 1 pc, battery powered, white, brown]
2499 *
Stores: 4 stores
Conventional brushes are inferior to electric ones in terms of convenience and efficiency, but they significantly win in price. Ordinary toothbrushes are bought individually for each family member, while one electric toothbrush with different attachments can be used by the whole family. However, buying nozzles (especially specialized ones) will be noticeably more expensive than replacing conventional brushes.

A traditional brush cannot break, as there is practically nothing to break. Electrical same after a few months may suffer one or another malfunction. This is especially true for cheap Chinese models.

Inexpensive electric brushes offer limited functionality and a not very capacious battery. However, already in the middle price category, battery life can reach up to 3-4 weeks. A conventional toothbrush is completely independent of the network and has a more compact size, which makes it more attractive for hiking or camping trips.

Philips Sonicare HX6631/01 electric toothbrush

[sonic, hardness – soft, modes – 1, nozzles – 1, battery powered, white, green]
The ergonomics of conventional brushes seem more attractive, but for electric ones it is not so important, since cleaning does not require intensive manipulation. As a result, electric toothbrushes are easier to clean, especially if they come with multiple modes. In this case, cleaning will be more effective than with a conventional toothbrush. This is especially true for children, who are more willing to brush their teeth with electric brushes, master them faster and achieve better results.