Plaque Removal Efficacy of Toothbrushes with Polishing Cups—A Randomized Controlled Trial
Selection of toothbrush is necessary in maintaining oral hygiene. Manual toothbrush users must ensure that the brush and their personal brushing technique remove plaque efficiently from all tooth surfaces. Manufacturers of manual toothbrushes aim for improvisations for effective plaque removal. Performance of any new brush, however, should be established by controlled clinical studies. Aim: To investigate the plaque removing efficacy of two commercially available toothbrushes with polishing cups. Materials and methods: This single (examiner) blind, randomized, single brushing episode crossover study compared the efficacy of two toothbrushes with polishing cups (experimental) regarding plaque removal and a manual toothbrush (control hand). Pre and post brushing plaque indices (PI) was scored and compared with suitable statistical tests to obtain results. Results: All baseline indices were well balanced. Reduction in plaque index was significant with all the three designs but when post brushing plaque indices were compared, there was no significant difference in the plaque removing efficacy. Conclusions: All the three tooth brushes used in this study were clinically effective in removing plaque, thus improving gingival health. Post brushing plaque efficacy of brushes gave almost similar results.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2016
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