The effectiveness of manual and powered toothbrushes

Review Article, Pol J Public Health 2017;127(3): 127-129


Chair and Department of Public Health, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
2 Department of Dental Prosthetics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
3 Chair and Department of Paedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

DOI_disc_logo 10.1515/pjph-2017-0027

© 2017 Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (


Proper oral hygiene is a basis for preventing dental caries and periodontal diseases. The most popular method of mechanical plaque removal is brushing teeth using manual and powered toothbrushes. The review of literature shows that removal of dental calculus using the powered toothbrushes is more effective, what is supported by greater reduction of plaque and symptoms characteristic for soft tissue inflammation. It needs to be underlined that the effectiveness of tooth brushing, regardless of the kind of toothbrush, to a great extent depends on the frequency and technique of brushing, on the time devoted to this hygienic procedure, and on the type of toothbrush bristles.

Keywords: oral hygiene, powered toothbrush, manual toothbrush.

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