How Long Do Electric Toothbrushes Last

Life Span

The average life span of an electric toothbrush is 3-5 years.

Some companies will offer a 60 day money back guarantee, if you’re not satisfied with the product within 60 days, you can return it and get your money back.

Companies also offer a 1-2 year warranty on the product, where if the product is faulty or has any problems with the condition then they can send it back for a new one.

The life span of your electric toothbrush can also depend on how you treat it, store it and use it. The better you treat it, the longer you will have it. The life span of an electric toothbrush may also come to an end from normal use of the product, with internal components becoming faulty.

Battery Life

There are ways to keep your battery functioning at sufficient capacity.

One way to keep your battery healthy is waiting until it has low battery to charge it, as charging it when it still has a lot of power will overuse and exhaust it. Exceeding the charging process will end up shortening their life span. You should charge for the indicated time or when it indicates that it is fully charged. Repeated short charges can also reduce the battery life.

Keeping the toothbrush off charge when your not using it can also save electricity and can maximize operational life.

How Long Do Brush Heads Last

The recommended time you should change your brush heads are between 2-3 months, this prevents plaque build-up in the bristles and also keeps the brush head from fraying or becoming damaged to a point where it gradually becomes less effective, this can take a negative effect your gums and teeth.

Is Electric Better Than Manual?

Although electric toothbrushes can be more expensive than manual, electric will do a better job at cleaning your gums and teeth more efficiently. Electric toothbrushes also come with features that manual toothbrushes don’t, such as built in timers and timed pulses to let you know when to brush different sections of your mouth. 

Brushing your teeth with a manual toothbrush requires you to brush with more effort then what you would need for an electrical toothbrush, the electric toothbrush will do a lot of the work for you, therefor making it easier to get a good clean. 

Manual toothbrushes last for about 2-3 months whilst electric toothbrushes can last up to 5 years with regular changes of toothbrush heads.

Do Electric Toothbrushes Damage Teeth?

Brushing correctly will ensure overall health of your teeth and gums but brushing too hard with any toothbrush could do some long term damage such as damaging your tooth enamel and causing receding gums. Using your electric toothbrush correctly will eliminate any chance of damaging your teeth and will keep your mouth clean.

How To Store Electric Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes need to be stored correctly to ensure quality. Storing any toothbrush in a draw or cupboard will keep it damp, as air circulation is low resulting in bacteria growth.

Some toothbrushes will stop charging automatically as soon as it has reached maximum charge.

When traveling with an electric toothbrush, keeping it in a case will protect it and can also reduce any chances of the brush breaking or becoming damaged.

You should store your electric toothbrush standing up right, on a stand where there is good airflow. You could also keep your toothbrush on charge when your not using it, it is recommended to check if your toothbrush has an automatic sensor to stop it from over charging, as this could potentially do damage if it does not. 

Brush heads should also be changed every 2-3 months.


  • There are many benefits to having an electric toothbrush. According to the Oral Health Foundation, nearly over 12 million people switched to an electric toothbrush in the last 5 years.
  • Electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque quickly and more efficiently, and also cleaning harder to reach areas.
  • Electric toothbrushes make it easier for you to keep track of how long you are brushing with their built in timer to indicate when to start and when to finish as well as having different brushing modes.
  • People who use electric toothbrushes have been found to have better gums then someone who uses a manual, they have also been found to have less tooth decay and keeping their teeth longer.

Can You Overcharge An Electric Toothbrush.

Storing your electric toothbrush on charge will wear down the battery, the brush should only be charged for the recommended time or when the charge is low or dead. Charging electric toothbrushes in short periods can damage the life and can end up making you need a new one.