Year: 2018 | Month: May | Volume: 8 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 299-306
Powered Tooth Brush-A Review
Dr Aparna K S1, Dr Manjunath P Puranik2, Dr Sowmya K R3
1Post Graduate Student, 2Professor and Head of the department, 3Assistant Professor,
Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore India
Corresponding Author: Dr Aparna K S
Regular mechanical removal of bacterial plaque is essential to prevent the onset of dental diseases such as dental caries, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Oral hygiene practices involve the thorough daily removal of dental plaque and debris using intra oral cleaning devices. Tooth brushes are the most commonly used oral hygiene aids. As technology advanced, powered toothbrushes came into being as an alternative to manual tooth brushing. The powered toothbrush was developed to aid people with manual dexterity problems or other physical limitations. They are available in many styles and modes of action. The early models had a simple back and forth action and were ineffective in plaque control. With the advent of newer models which incorporated the rotation oscillation action (ROA) and optional features like timer, pressure sensor and blue tooth, the popularity of powered toothbrushes increased. Nowadays, the use of powered toothbrush is indicated not only for the differently abled people but also for the general population. The superiority of powered tooth brush over manual brush in terms of plaque control and improving periodontal health is a topic of constant debate. Hence, the aim of this comprehensive review is to present an update about the current status of powered tooth brush in terms of its application in oral health and to compare with a manual tooth brush.
Key words: oral health, oral hygiene, powered tooth brush, review, tooth brushing