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Insufficient evidence to conclude that orthodontic patients derive benefits from using power toothbrushes

Greg Huang DMD, MSD, MPH .


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 Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019