The aim of this study was to see how successful a manual, powered, and ultrasonic toothbrush is at reducing dental plaque in a dental student population.
Materials and Procedures: This is a comparative cross-over analysis that enrolled 50 students and had them all complete it. All of the participants had to be in good general health and have a full dentition free of malocclusions. They had to refrain from brushing their teeth for 12 hours and from consuming any food or drink for 4 hours before each of the three appointments, during which the plaque index was measured before and after brushing with a toothbrush. Brushing time for the tooth assigned that day was 3 minutes for manual brushing and 2 minutes for electric and ultrasonic brushing.
After brushing, both toothbrushes substantially decreased plaque index (p106). The ultrasonic toothbrush was significantly more efficient at removing plaque than the manual toothbrush (P = 0.0003). The distinction between an electric toothbrush with oscillation-rotation action and a manual toothbrush (P = 0.0982), as well as the comparison between rotary and ultrasonic electric rotary toothbrushes (p = 0.0922), was statistically insignificant.
Conclusion: After brushing, the three toothbrushes were able to reduce the amount of plaque. In terms of plaque removal, the ultrasonic toothbrush outperforms the manual toothbrush.
Author (s) Details
Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, Dental College, Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco.
El Mdaghri Meriem
Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, Dental College, Mohamed 6 University of Health Sciences, Casablanca, Morocco.
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