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Dental Journal (Majalah Kedokteran Gigi)

ISSN 1978-3728

Vol. 43 / No. 3 / Published : 2010-09

TOC : 4, and page :122 - 125

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Original Article :

The effectiveness of sharp end and rounded end bristle toothbrush

Author :

  1. Paulus Januar*1
  2. Anastasia Susetyo*2
  3. Ratih Widyastuti*3
  1. Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Prof. Dr. Moestopo University, Jakarta – Indonesia
  2. Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Prof. Dr. Moestopo University, Jakarta – Indonesia
  3. Department of Periodontology Faculty of Dentistry, Prof. Dr. Moestopo University Jakarta – Indonesia

Abstract :

Background: Numerous designs of manual toothbrush are available in the market with the claims of superiority in plaque removal. It often makes the public confuse which is the best design. The sharp end bristle toothbrush is a modification that commercially available in the market. Purpose: The objective of the study was to compare the effectiveness in plaque removal of the sharp end bristle toothbrush and the rounded end bristle toothbrush. Methods: This clinical trial was a double blind crossover design. The subjects were 65 dental students, divided into two groups for comparing the 2 types of toothbrush. On the 1st day, the allocated toothbrushes were distributed to each group according to their designation, and the subjects were instructed to use the toothbrushes according their normal daily practices. On the 1st, 7th, and 14th day, the subjects were scored using the patient hygiene performance index (PHP index) and the gingival index. Based on cross over design, the same procedure was repeated during the 2 week second test periods using different type of toothbrush respectively. Results: The mean scores of the 2 groups showed no significant difference on the beginning the study. Though minor differences were observed in the effectiveness of toothbrush, but the comparison of the two types of toothbrush showed no statistically significant differences on 7th and 14th day. Conclusion: The results from the study support the conclusion of many researchers that there is no single superior design of manual toothbrush.

Keyword :

Toothbrush, effectiveness, rounded end bristle, sharp end bristle,

References :

  1. Goyal CR , (2005). Efficacy of a novel brush head in the comparison of two power toothbrushes on removal of plaque and naturally occurring extrinsic stain. - : . Journal of Dentistry


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