Using an Evidence-based Approach to Making Patient Recommendations for Power Toothbrushes
Differences in Power Toothbrush Technologies, Benefits and Research Support

Course Author(s): Lesley McGovern Kupiec, RDH, MSDH; Jane L. Forrest, EdD, BSDH

Differences in Power Toothbrush Technologies, Benefits and Research Support

Contrasting today’s myriad power toothbrush options with the few available in the early days of electric brush technology highlights the dramatic technical innovation seen in the last half of the century. Dental professionals and patients now have numerous choices when recommending or selecting an electric toothbrush, and understanding the technology, benefits, and clinical research support of the various technologies is foundational to making a wise selection. In addition to research, the power source, cleaning technology modality, and brush head options are three variables distinguishing commercially available electric toothbrushes.