Impact of Toothbrushes & Brushing Time on Plaque & Gingival Health

Impact of Toothbrushes & Brushing Time on Plaque & Gingival Health
Posted on 09/18/2014

In recent years, studies have been performed in the orthodontic industry to determine the effectiveness of various tooth-brushing strategies in adolescent orthodontic patients during the first 3 months of treatment. The reason for this study was to determine whether or not using a sonic toothbrush was much more advantageous than using a more traditional, manual toothbrush.

Conducting The Study

In this randomized clinical trial, a total of 118 orthodontic patients between the ages of 11 and 15 were split into 4 separate groups. Each group was given either a manual or sonic toothbrush with a surface sealant or no sealant whatsoever. Additionally, a stopwatch was used to record the tooth brushing duration of each subject so that everyone was on an even keel. Every 4 weeks an assessment was performed to determine the amount of plaque left on the subjects' teeth. After 3 months, a careful analysis of each group was taken resulting in a very interesting conclusion.

What We Found

Much to our surprise, the plaque scores of the patients using the sonic toothbrush versus the traditional manual toothbrush were eerily similar. Furthermore, the use of a surface sealant made little to no difference at all in the effectiveness of the individual's brushing habits. This has led us to believe that there really is no advantage to using a sonic toothbrush or a manual toothbrush. What is important however is that each individual spend a fair amount of time cleaning their teeth to eliminate plaque deposits. The type of brush may not matter, but spending an appropriate amount of time cleaning your teeth can make a big difference.

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The experienced orthodontist, Dr. Max, and his caring staff provide quality orthodontic treatments for the whole family. Some of their orthodontic treatments include SureSmile, Invisalign, and many types of braces. For more tips about caring for brushing and caring for your teeth, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us and we will happily educate you on the best ways to maintain proper oral hygiene. We hope to hear from you soon!