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Manual or electric? Does it really matter? Power toothbrushes are becoming more and more popular, but scientific studies in the past have been inconclusive about whether an electric toothbrush will make your teeth cleaner. However, a new study conducted in Germany and commissioned by Procter & Gamble does suggest that power toothbrushes may be superior to manual ones for people with orthodontic appliances.

In the trial, 45 subjects with traditional metal braces were assigned to use one of three types of toothbrushes: (1) an oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush with a specially designed orthodontic brush head, (2) the same electric toothbrush handle as group one with a regular brush head or (3) a regular manual toothbrush. The efficacy of each toothbrush was measured by the amount of plaque left on each tooth, which was determined by using digital plaque image analysis.

The researchers concluded that the electric toothbrush, with either brush head, demonstrated significantly greater plaque removal over the manual brush. The orthodontic brush head was superior to the regular head.

Despite the results of this study, you can keep your teeth sufficiently clean with either type of toothbrush. As long as you are brushing carefully for the recommended amount of time and flossing afterward, you can significantly improve oral hygiene.

Not every toothbrush is the best fit for every person. If you have braces and are unsure how to keep them clean, it may be a good idea to get in touch with your New York City orthodontist. Doing a little research can go a long way in maintaining good oral health.

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