Title

Different powered toothbrushes for plaque control and gingival health

Bottom line

Further trials of good quality are required to establish if any mode of action has superiority over the other modes of action for powered toothbrushes.

Details

Powered brushes were first introduced commercially in the 1960s. A previously published Cochrane systematic review suggested one type of powered brush was superior to manual toothbrushing for the removal of plaque and reduction of gum inflammation.That review did not allow direct comparison between the different types of powered toothbrushes. This review included data from 15 trials with 1015 participants. Due to the low numbers of trials using different types of powered brushes, no definitive conclusions can be drawn regarding the superiority of any one type of powered toothbrush over another. Only minor and transient side effects were reported. Cost and reliability of the brushes were not reported in the trials. Further trials of good quality are required to establish if any type of powered brush has superiority over the other types of action for powered toothbrushes.

Source

The Cochrane Library

Publication type

Systematic Review

Evidence level

Not rated

Publication date

17/10/2010

Date reviewed

20/12/2010

Bibliographic record

Further trials of good quality are required to establish if any mode of action has superiority over the other modes of action for powered toothbrushes.

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