In the battle between electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes, researchers believe they have identified the winner. Electric toothbrushes come out on top when it comes to your smile.
The UK-based study found that for plaque and gingivitis, electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes. Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria grow, while gingivitis is a form of gum disease that causes red, inflamed gums. The study found that three months of electric toothbrush use led to a 21 percent decrease in plaque and an 11 percent decrease in gingivitis.
This superiority of electric toothbrushes was found to be true both in the short term and long term.
Of course, the battle doesn't end there, as there are multiple types of electric toothbrushes. However, the study answered that question as well. The most effective electric toothbrushes were those that utilize oscillating-rotation technology, giving you the information you need for your next toothbrush purchase.
The study was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
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