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Insufficient evidence to conclude that orthodontic patients derive benefits from using power toothbrushes Critical Summary Prepared by: Greg Huang DMD, MSD, MPH 

A Critical Summary of:

Meta-analysis on the effectiveness of powered toothbrushes for orthodontic patients

Kaklamanos EG, Kalfas S. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2008;133(2):187 e1-14

Published Date: 3/21/2010

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-
http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/140/7/914

OVERVIEW

  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    The current evidence is insufficient to demonstrate the superiority of power toothbrushes to manual toothbrushes in reducing gingivitis in orthodontic patients.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    This systematic review identified five randomized trials, only one of which demonstrated that power toothbrushes were significantly more effective than manual toothbrushes in reducing gingivitis in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.

  • Evidence Quality Rating:

    Limited

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