Clinical evaluation of an ionic toothbrush in the removal of established plaque and reduction of gingivitis

Quintessence Int. 1996 Jun;27(6):389-94.

Abstract

The clinical effectiveness of a manual ionic toothbrush in the removal of dental plaque and the reduction of gingivitis was evaluated. A double-blind study evaluated the effect of a small, imperceptible electric current on established dental plaque and gingivitis during toothbrushing. Sixty-four adults completed the study. Gingivitis and plaque scores were determined at baseline and after 3 and 6 months. The baseline indices of the two groups were well balanced. At each examination, the participants were instructed how to hold the toothbrush properly and reminded to change brush heads every 4 weeks. Statistically significant improvements in Löe Gingival Index scores were observed from baseline to 6 months between the control and test groups and within the test group. The Quigley-Hein Plaque Index scores also showed a significant improvement from baseline to 6 months between the control and test groups and within the test group.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dental Plaque / therapy*
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Gingivitis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Iontophoresis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Periodontal Index
  • Toothbrushing / instrumentation*