Study Confirms Rotating-Oscillating Toothbrush is Best Electric Toothbrush

The debate about the Oral B vs Sonicare rages on whether a rotating-oscillating electric toothbrush or an sonic toothbrush is best?  The American Dental Association recommends that people should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss daily to promote optimum oral health, to properly remove plaque and tartar build up on teeth and gums,  and to remove food particles to prevent gingivitis and cavities.

Oral B manufactures the rotating-oscillating electric toothbrush, and Sonicare makes the Flexcare sonic toothbrush. Proponent of each swear by that particular technology as the best for cleaning your teeth.

A recent study by University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry (UMKC) tried to finally answer the question – which is the best electric toothbrush?

 

The two top selling power toothbrushes sold today are the and Sonic Power toothbrushes.

 

Over the last several years, multiple research studies have been conducted to determine which is he best electric toothbrush to offer superior dental care. Two leading studies, one a 6 month study and the other a 10-week study, both offered a patient centered comparison of an oscillating/rotating vs sonic toothbrush, to determine which type of electric toothbrush provides superior dental care.  This article offers an analysis of the 10-week study of 179 study subjects conducted by the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry (UMKC).

Study subjects, aged 18-70 with no known health issues were selected at random from the community and divided into two equal groups, with half using an Oral B 5000 Oscillating/rotating electric toothbrush, and the other have were given a Sonic toothbrush.  All study subjects were given a baseline assessment of gingivitis, a common oral hygiene problem that affects nearly 50% of adults to some extent, which leads to swollen and bleeding gums, and plaque/tartar visible on the interior and exterior of the teeth.

Gingival inflammation was determined by the Papillary Bleeding Score (PBS) and the amount of plaque and tartar was measured using The Turesky, Gilmore and Glickman Index.

 

Oscillating Toothbrush Reduces Gum Bleeding Better than Sonic Toothbrush

In an effort to properly compare the effectiveness of the  rotating/oscillating toothbrush as compared to a sonic toothbrush in reversing signs of gingivitis, each test subject was rated using the Papillary Bleeding Score, which uses of a score of 0 to 4 to measures the level of  swollen and bleeding gums (Gingivitis), to set a baseline for comparison at weeks 4, 6, 8 and 10.

 

Papillary Bleeding Score

Score 0 – health looking papillary and marginal gingiva no bleeding on probing;
Score 1 – healthy looking gingiva, bleeding on probing;
Score 2 – bleeding on probing, change in color, no edema;
Score 3 – bleeding on probing, change in color, slight edema;
Score 4 – profuse bleeding on probing, change in color, obvious edema

By week at the conclusion of the study, each test subject would be evaluated and the amount of papillary bleeding tracked to determine which power toothbrush did a superior job at removing plaque and tartar from the interior and exterior of the teeth, and reversing swollen gums from the baseline measurement.

By week 10,  researchers found that the study subjects who used the Rotating/oscillating toothbrush had 16% fewer swollen and bleeding gum sites as compared to the test subjects who used the Sonic toothbrush with only 3.5% fewer swollen and bleeding gum sites.

 

 

 

 

Rotating-Oscillating Power Toothbrush Found Superior at Removing Plaque

The Turesky, Gilmore and Glickman Index measures the amount of plaque visible on the teeth.  In an effort to properly compare the effectiveness of the Oral B 5000 and Sonicare Flexcare power toothbrushes in removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, each test subject was rated on the amount of plaque and tartar was visible on the teeth to set a baseline for comparison at Baseline, Week 4, and Week 10.

By week 10 at the conclusion of the study, each test subject would be evaluated to determine which power toothbrush did a superior job at removing plaque and tartar from the interior and exterior of the teeth, as compared to the baseline level before the study began.

Researchers found that by Week 10, the Rotating-Oscillating electric toothbrush had reduced the amount of visible plaque by 3.5% compared to a sonic toothbrush.

In particular, the rotation/oscillation was 21% more effective in removal of plaque from the approximal surfaces than the sonic brush with the standard head, and 12% better than the sonic brush with the compact head.

 

Turesky, Gilmore and Glickman Index

 

Scores

Turesky, Gilmore and Glickman Criteria

0

No plaque

1

Separate flecks of plaque at the cervical margin of the tooth

2

A thin continuos band of plaque (up to one mm) at the cervical margin of the tooth

3

A band of plaque wider than one mm but covering less than one-third of the crown of the tooth

4

Plaque covering at least one-third but less than two-thirds of the crown of the tooth

5

Plaque covering two-thirds or more of the crown of the tooth

 

 

How Oral Care Study Was Performed?

Study subjects were evaluated at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry (UMKC) at Baseline before using the assigned power toothbrush, at Week 4 and at Week 10.

During the 10 week oral care study, subjects were instructed to brush with their assigned Oral B 5000 Oscillating/rotating or Sonic Toothbrush for 2 minutes twice daily at home according to the written and verbal instructions they had been given.  The American Dental Association recommends people brush twice a day for 2 minutes.  At study intake, it was found that most test subjects brushed their teeth for on average of one minute once a day.  Study subjects were also required to stop all other oral hygiene products they were using for the duration of the study, to ensure study results were not tainted.

 

 

Click Here to read our Oral B vs Sonicare Flexcare Comparison and Review

 

 In Closing

Regardless of which electric toothbrush you use, you will find significantly improved teeth cleaning and oral health as compared to a manual toothbrush.  Electric toothbrushes do a far better job of removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and guns, and reverse symptoms of gingivitis.  People are more likely to brush for the recommended 2 minutes per brushing session, and brush lighter, thus preserving the critical veneer on your teeth and gum erosion from brushing too hard.

Other recent paid and unbiased studies comparing the Rotating/oscillating toothbrush to the Sonic toothbrush conferred with the findings of this study,  that Rotating/oscillating electric toothbrushes do a superior job of cleaning teeth, removing plaque/tartar and preventing or reversing gingivitis.

 

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9487838

Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com

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Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men's health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com