Electric vs Manual-Toothbrush Wars Ended

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The debate over electric toothbrushes versus manual may be at an end, with the conclusive verdict offered by the Cochrane Collaboration, whose report concluded with the statement, “Power brushes with an oscillating-rotating action reduced plaque and gingivitis more than those with a side to side action in the short term.”

The term “side-by-side” refers to the ‘sonic’ action, which has now been found to be less effective than their rotary headed cousins. Both, however, provide more dental protection than manual toothbrushes.

The Cochrane Collaboration was formed in 1993 and is completely non-profit, making it a well-trusted organisation, offering impartial advice on a range of healthcare issues.




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