Title Electric Toothbrushes Have Greater Efficacy in Removing Plaque Compared to Manual Toothbrushes in Children Between Four and Seven
Clinical Question What is the efficacy of a power toothbrush compared to a manual toothbrush in removing plaque in children between ages 4 and 7?
Clinical Bottom Line In children ages 4 to 7, a power toothbrush removed significantly more plaque than a manual toothbrush
Best Evidence  
PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
(level of evidence)
22353460Taschner/201268 patients between 4 and 7 years old with Quigley Hein plaque index of more than 1.8Single-masked, randomized, split mouth clinical trial.
Key resultsOverall Quigley Hein plaque index scores for Sonicare for kids (SFK) electric toothbrush A and B were .36 while the manual toothbrush scored .5. The values indicate that, in one minute, the SFK A and B toothbrushes were able to clean nearly 42% of the tooth surfaces (67% at two minutes) while the manual toothbrush cleaned about 25% of tooth surfaces (41% at two minutes). SFK had an overall 65% plaque reduction compared to the manual toothbrush’s overall plaque reduction of 49%.
Evidence Search "power"[All Fields]) AND toothbrushes[All Fields] AND ("child"[MeSH Terms] OR "child"[All Fields] OR "children"[All Fields])
Comments on
The Evidence
Validity: This was a randomized, single-blinded, split-mouth study with 1 and 2 minute quadrant professionally applied brushings. Disclosing solution was used at baseline to prevent baseline scoring errors. The study was supported by Philips Oral Healthcare.
Applicability This information can benefit a dentist who wants to provide more information to parents about better dental homecare for their children. Children do not have the same dexterity as adults and can use assistance from a sonic toothbrush in order to properly remove plaque.
Specialty (Public Health) (General Dentistry)
Keywords power toothbrush, plaque removal, manual toothbrush
ID# 2899
Date of submission 04/14/2015
E-mail Haj@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author Jonathan Ha
Co-author(s) e-mail
Faculty mentor Tam T. Van, DDS
Faculty mentor e-mail Van@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Basic Science Rationale
(Mechanisms that may account for and/or explain the clinical question, i.e. is the answer to the clinical question consistent with basic biological, physical and/or behavioral science principles, laws and research?)
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Comments and Evidence-Based Updates on the CAT
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