Are Electronic Toothbrushes Worth It?

Electric toothbrushes cost a lot more than standard manual-control toothbrushes. For conscientious dental patients, the question that many people ask is: are they worth the money?

You’re not alone in your questions. There are many ways that electric toothbrushes are worth the cost. Knowing the benefits of electric toothbrushes can help you decide whether this kind of toothbrush is the right dental tool for your needs.

Time Your Brushing

Many dentists recommend that their patients spend two minutes brushing their mouth, and ideally, dedicating the same amount of time to each quadrant of the mouth. Electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers to help users gauge how much time they’re dedicating to each section of their mouth.

In addition, innovative apps allow users to track brushing history and coverage, so they can tell which parts of their mouth are getting the best cleaning – and which parts of the mouth aren’t. Following the app and the timers can improve focus during brushing, making the experience overall more effective.

Fighting Plaque

Electric toothbrushes pulsate at a high rate, which allows them to do a better job of removing plaque and keeping your gums healthy. Manual toothbrushes rely on your dexterity to do the same work – and unless you’re very adept at brushing your teeth, your teeth may not get fully clean during this process. Overall, electric toothbrushes are better for removing plaque.

Not only do these brushes do the brushwork for you, but many toothbrushes will warn users if they’re using too much pressure. Ideally, you’ll only use enough pressure to fight plaque – but not so much that you start scrubbing away your gum line or tooth enamel.


Because electric toothbrushes are so effective, they often require less water usage while brushing. You may not think this makes much difference, but considering how many times you brush your teeth in a year, using an electric toothbrush can have an impact on your water bill and your overall water usage.

Ergonomic and Easy to Use

Brushing your teeth can be frustrating and even painful if you have limited mobility. Reaching the difficult places in the back of your mouth is tough!

Fortunately, this becomes much easier when you have an electric toothbrush. In addition to the way that some electric toothbrush apps will tell you when you aren’t reaching all the parts of your mouth, electric toothbrushes also just do a better job of cleaning without requiring a lot of dexterity.

More Affordable Than You Think

Many people hesitate to buy an electric toothbrush because they don’t want to spend a lot of money when non-electric toothbrushes are so cheap. However, toothbrushes may be more affordable than you think! There are a variety of price points available, ranging from $30-$40 to $200. Find the right toothbrush for your budget!

Get a Toothbrush Recommendation from Dr. Weninger

Want to buy the right electric toothbrush for your needs? Get a recommendation from an expert! Call Weninger Dentistry for help.