Debate Settled? The Best Toothbrush: Oscillating vs. Sonic Electric Toothbrushes

What is an Oscillating Electric toothbrush? What is a Sonic Electric toothbrush? Which is better?

From the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, a winner has been nominated as to which Electric toothbrush does a better job at removing plaque–The Oscillating Electric Toothbrush.

Sonic Toothbrush: An example of this is the Sonicare Electric toothbrush – longer, more traditional head with bristles that vibrate at tens of thousands of strokes a minute.

Oscillating Toothbrush: An example of this type of toothbrush would be Oral-B’s electric lineup – with a circular head that rotates and vibrates with a self-proclaimed 48,800 movements per minute .

From a previous post, https://teethandchiefs.com/2021/01/31/doc-what-kind-of-toothbrush-should-i-be-using/ – we know that all things being even an Electric Toothbrush removes more plaque than manual toothbrushes. But now with full peer-review it appears the true winner is the Oscillating Type of electric toothbrushes1.

Per our usual statement here on Teeth and Chiefs, any toothbrush that gets you to brush with the soft-prickly side is the toothbrush for you. But for pure argument-sake it appears we have a winner, also I like the smaller circular head of the oscillators.

  1. Thomassen, T. M. J. A., Van der Weijden, F. A., & Slot, D. E. (2021). The efficacy of powered toothbrushes :‐a systematic review and Network Meta‐analysis‐. International Journal of Dental Hygiene. https://doi.org/10.1111/idh.12563 

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