Quip Toothbrush vs. Regular Toothbrush

It is safe to say that when it comes to oral health, everybody is aware of the general guideline of brushing for two minutes twice a day. Whether you learned it from your mama or from a painful trip down to your dentist’s office—you know the importance of brushing teeth in your oral health.

In addition to the techniques you follow, the tools you use for maintaining a sound oral health are vital. In this regard, the type of toothbrush you use and for how long matters a lot.

There are generally two kinds of toothbrushes available in the market: electric and manual. Quip—a type of electric toothbrush—has gained popularity in recent years and is an affordable option when it comes to electric toothbrushes.

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  • Removes up to 5x-7x more plaque vs. a manual toothbrush
  • Pressure sensor and two intensity settings protect sensitive gums from overbrushing
  • 2 minute SmarTimer with QuadPacer ensure Dentist-recommended brushing time
  • Brush head replacement reminder ensures your brush head is always effective
  • Long battery life with battery light indicator: One charge last for 2 weeks
  • Includes: 1 Philips Sonicare 4100 handle, 1 Optimal Plaque Control (C2) brush head, and 1 USB charger (wall adaptor not included)
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In terms of preventing plaque buildup and gingivitis, both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective, as per the American Dental Association (ADA). Therefore, the choice of using any one of these is entirely subjective.

This article explores the pros and cons of Quip and manual toothbrushes to help you decide which one to use.

Quip Toothbrush

Quip was launched in 2015 and is an oral-care startup that sells ADA-accepted electric toothbrushes. It has a built-in timer that notifies the user after the completion of two minutes. Unlike the other electric toothbrushes, the Quip toothbrush is inexpensive—starting from $25, with refill plans from $5—and has vibration mode to give a thorough clean.

Quip features a sensitive, silent sonic vibration mode, unlike other electric toothbrushes. It is waterproof and shower-safe and is travel-friendly. According to Quip, their toothbrushes can last up to 3 months per charge.

Here are a few benefits of Quip.

Effectively Removes Plaque

Quip is a vibrating toothbrush in which the bristles vibrate to remove the plaque buildup on the gums and teeth. The vibration helps with micro-movements as the user moves the toothbrush across the teeth.

Ease For People Who Have Limited Mobility

Since electric toothbrushes have vibratory or rotatory movements, they may benefit people who have limited mobility in their limbs, including people with:

  • Arthritis
  • Development disabilities
  • Carpal tunnel

They Are Equipped With Timers

As per the ADA, every person should brush for two minutes, twice daily. However, many of us don’t realize that we hardly take that much time to brush our teeth.

The Quip toothbrush is equipped with a two-minute timer to let people know how much time they are spending in the practice. Brushing for two minutes is sufficient for removing plaque from the gums and teeth.

Improvement Of Oral Health Of People Who Use Orthodontic Appliances

People who are undergoing orthodontic therapy, such as having braces in their mouth know how difficult it is to clean their teeth.

Electric toothbrushes can be an effective way in this situation. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, electric toothbrushes were found to be effective in removing plaque in people who had braces, as compared to the manual technique.

Results In Less Waste

Quip comes with a replaceable head and gives its customers a refill plan starting from $5. This offers less waste as compared to using a manual toothbrush and throwing it out completely after 3 months.

May Improve Focus And Mindfulness While Brushing

Many of us are guilty of brushing mindlessly, especially in the mornings when we wake up reluctantly after snoozing our alarm for the 7th time. However with Quip, the gentle vibratory motion of the toothbrush’s head is bound to pull you out of your drowsiness so you could spend your two-minute’s time brushing mindfully. This will give you a good head start in the morning.

A Fun Activity For Kids

Not many kids enjoy brushing their teeth and that is totally understandable. Throughout the years, toothbrushes and toothpastes manufacturing industries have made kids-friendly brushes and pastes as an incentive for them to brush their teeth.

Electric brushes take this activity for kids to a whole new level. These brushes are generally attractive to kids and can be a fun activity to do. Quip has also launched their electric toothbrushes for kids to encourage them to take care of their oral health.

Are there any drawbacks to Quip?

The cofounder of the Quip toothbrushes—Simon Enever—came up with the idea of creating a toothbrush that was electric, inexpensive and had a timer, one day while he was at the dentist’s.

Together with his team he’s created a toothbrush that has all those qualities. Therefore, Quip doesn’t have the drawbacks that a regular electric toothbrush may have, such as being expensive, refills that are expensive as well, one-time use, etc.

In regard to removing plaque and promoting oral hygiene, a study consisting of the elderly who used both electric toothbrushes and their manual counterparts showed that there was no significant difference in the result.

Moreover, many people do not like the vibrating feeling of the electric toothbrushes. In addition to that, electric toothbrushes create more movement of saliva in the mouth, which can get a little messy.

Regular Toothbrush

The regular soft-bristled toothbrush has been a household staple for years. Most of us can’t think about our mornings—and nights—without them.

While regular toothbrushes might not have much attractiveness in them—they are still very useful in removing plaque and preventing gingivitis.

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  • Up to 7x more plaque removal versus a manual toothbrush
  • Power tip targets plaque along the gumline
  • BrushSync mode-pairing & replacement reminders when used with a BrushSync compatible handle (DiamondClean Smart or ProtectiveClean)
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Philips Sonicare 4100 Power Toothbrush, Rechargeable Electric...
  • Removes up to 5x-7x more plaque vs. a manual toothbrush
  • Pressure sensor and two intensity settings protect sensitive gums from overbrushing
  • 2 minute SmarTimer with QuadPacer ensure Dentist-recommended brushing time
  • Brush head replacement reminder ensures your brush head is always effective
  • Long battery life with battery light indicator: One charge last for 2 weeks
  • Includes: 1 Philips Sonicare 4100 handle, 1 Optimal Plaque Control (C2) brush head, and 1 USB charger (wall adaptor not included)
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  • REMINDER BRISTLES: Reminder bristles at the top will fade when a replacement is needed, usually three months.

Here are a few benefits of using regular toothbrushes.

Accessibility And Ease Of Use

Regular toothbrushes are widely accessible—they are available at any pharmacy, grocery store, dollar store, gas station, etc. Moreover, the fact that these brushes don’t need charging makes them easy to use than their electric counterparts.


Regular toothbrushes are inexpensive, ranging in price from $1 to $3. This makes them the most popular choice among majority of the people.

Good For Travelers

Because of the small size of the regular toothbrush, including a large variety in their sizes, make them a good option for travelers.

Drawbacks of a regular toothbrush.

Brushing Too Hard

It is more likely that people who use manual toothbrushes tend to brush too hard and hurt their teeth and gums. Brushing too hard may also lead to receding of gums. 

Some electric brushes, on the other hand, have a pressure sensor that notifies a person if they’re brushing too hard.

Brushing Too Little

Without having a timer to keep in check, some people might brush too little than that they should. Brushing for less than two minutes won’t be sufficient to remove plaque buildup. If you are to use a regular toothbrush, set a timer on your phone or a clock to ensure you brush for enough period of time.

Electric Or Manual Toothbrushes—Which One Is Better For Your Child?

When it comes to selecting the right toothbrush for your child, it doesn’t matter if it’s a manual o electric one, as long as it has soft bristles and your child is comfortable using it.

It is recommended that you assist your child when they brush their teeth. This is necessary especially for toddlers. Moreover, you can brush your child’s teeth a second time after they’re done brushing just to make sure all areas of the mouth are cleaned properly.

When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

According to the American Dental Association, replace your toothbrush after every 3-4 months. Moreover, it is better to replace your toothbrush after you’ve recovered from an illness. In addition to that, you need to replace your toothbrush soon if it is frayed.

While you need to replace the manual toothbrush entirely, you only need to replace the electric toothbrush’s removable head.

The Right Way To Brush Your Teeth

For removal of plaque and preventing gum diseases, it is not just required to brush twice a day but to brush with the right technique as well.

Here are a few tips to ensure you’re brushing the right way.

  • First off; you should pick a toothbrush that is the right size for your mouth.
  • Always pick a brush that has soft bristles. The hard bristles can potentially irritate your gums and cause bleeding.
  • Try incorporating a fluoride toothpaste to your oral health regimen.
  • While brushing, hold the toothbrush at 45 degrees to your teeth and brush all sides for two minutes.
  • Keep your toothbrush at an upright position to let it air dry.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Antibacterial mouthwashes can prevent the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. However, these are not compulsory and shouldn’t replace brushing and flossing the teeth.

 The Final Verdict

This article explained the pros and cons of both regular and Quip toothbrushes. Both toothbrushes are sufficient for removing plaque and preventing gum diseases if used appropriately and according to the dentists’ guidelines. However, the choice of selecting one completely depends on your need.

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