Purpose. To demonstrate that technology can improve oral hygiene which will contribute to improved overall health with the use of electronic toothbrushes.
Methods. This is a two part study. The first part will include 12 individuals divided into three groups with 4 persons per control group; depending on the toothbrush they use on a regular basis. The three types of toothbrushes utilized will be manual, Sonicare and Oral-B. All individuals will be examined and scored based on their level of gingival inflammation using the Silness-Loe index along with a plaque index measurement at the neck of each tooth. The second part of my study will involve two people who regularly use a manual toothbrush. They will be switched to an electronic toothbrush. Initially, they will be examined and their oral hygiene scored after using a manual toothbrush. They will then be examined several times over nine weeks while using an automatic toothbrush to determine if their oral hygiene has improved.
Hypothesis. Electronic toothbrushes will do a better job removing plaque from the teeth therefore improving oral health.
Scholar Commons Citation
Griffin, Alexandra, "How Technology Can Improve Oral Hygiene and Overall Health with the Use of Electronic Toothbrushes" (2011). Outstanding Honors Theses. 25.