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J Contemp Dent Pract. 2007 May 1;8(4):1-9.

A novel oscillating-rotating power toothbrush with SmartGuide: designed for enhanced performance and compliance.

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  • 1Procter & Gamble Health Care Research Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA.



The aim of this article is to provide a review of common power toothbrush technologies with a focus on the oscillating-rotating motion used in a novel toothbrush; describe features to drive compliance such as the "SmartGuide" innovation; and finally recommend steps to motivate patients to adopt a power toothbrush as part of their home care regimen.


Contemporary power toothbrushes are available with various modes of actions, bristle designs, and features. Clinical research shows these factors can impact the effectiveness of a toothbrush by altering its ability to remove plaque, particularly in areas that are difficult to access. An independent systematic review of power toothbrush technologies showed toothbrushes with a rotation-oscillation motion provided significant advantages over manual toothbrushes for plaque removal and gingivitis reduction. No other powered toothbrush technology showed results as consistently superior to manual toothbrushes.


Recently, an advanced oscillating-rotating toothbrush was introduced, the Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide (Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, USA), using clinically proven oscillating-rotating technology and incorporating a unique wireless remote display to drive good brushing technique and increase brushing time. This type of innovation in power toothbrush technology provides dental professionals and consumers with additional home care tools to help improve oral health. In recommending any power toothbrush, dental professionals should reinforce the benefits to patients in a way that addresses their values, use experiential learning tools to ensure they understand how to use the brush, explain the desired outcomes, and gain their commitment to comply with the recommendation.

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