The curved-bristle toothbrush: an aid for the handicapped population

ASDC J Dent Child. 1988 Jul-Aug;55(4):291-3.


This study was undertaken to assess the comparative effectiveness of two toothbrushes in the removal of plaque in an institutionalized, handicapped population. The two methods were: a conventional toothbrush using the Modified Stillman Method; and a curved-bristle toothbrush using the scrubbing technique recommended by the manufacturer. Subjects selected were profoundly retarded individuals, incapable of self-brushing skills. According to random selection, subjects' teeth were brushed by trained personnel with either the curved bristle or the conventional toothbrush. Results demonstrated that the curved-bristle toothbrush was as effective as the conventional toothbrush when used by trained personnel.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Care for Disabled
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Institutionalization
  • Intellectual Disability*
  • Male
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Toothbrushing / instrumentation*