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J Clin Dent. 2019 Mar;30(Spec No A):A9-15.

A Comparison of the Effect of Two Power Toothbrushes on the Reduction of Gingival Inflammation and Supragingival Plaque.

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Philips Oral Healthcare, Bothell, WA, USA.
Salus Research, Fort Wayne, IN, USA.



To compare the effect of the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart and Oral-B Genius 8000 powered toothbrushes on gingivitis, gingival bleeding, and supragingival plaque reduction following 42 days of home use.


This was a randomized, parallel, examiner-blinded, prospective clinical trial with two treatment groups. Eligible participants were generally healthy volunteers who were manual toothbrush users, non-flossers, 18-65 years of age. The subject panel included non-smokers with = 50 sites of gingival bleeding according to the Gingival Bleeding Index (GBI), and a supragingival plaque score of = 1.8 per Modified Plaque Index (MPI) at 3-6 hours following last tooth brushing encounter. Eligible subjects were randomized to use either a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart with Premium Plaque Control brush head (DCS) or an Oral-B Genius 8000 with FlossAction brush head (OBG) for home use. Each toothbrush was used twice daily for two minutes. All subjects used a standardized fluoride-containing dentifrice. All other oral hygiene measures were prohibited. Subjects returned at Day 14 for an interim compliance and safety assessment, and at Day 42 for the final safety and efficacy assessments.


Of 222 enrolled and eligible subjects, 219 completed (112 in the SDC group, 107 in the OBG group) the study. The least squares (LS) mean and 95% confidence interval (CI) estimates for gingivitis reduction and percent reduction per Modified Gingival Index (MGI) following 42 days of product home use were 1.38 (1.30, 1.46) and 51.32% (48.45%, 54.19%) for DCS, and 0.53 (0.45, 0.61) and 20.07% (17.14%, 23.00%) for OBG. The differences, expressed as either reduction or percent reduction, were statistically significant between the two groups, p < 0.001. Statistically significant differences were also observed between products at Day 42 for the gingival bleeding and supragingival plaque reduction endpoints, p < 0.001. There were two reported adverse events.


The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart powered toothbrush reduced gingival inflammation, gingival bleeding, and supragingival plaque significantly more than the Oral-B Genius 8000 powered toothbrush following a 42-day home-use period. Both products were safe for use.


Oral-B; Sonicare; electric toothbrush; gingival bleeding; gingival inflammation; gingivitis; oscillating-rotating; plaque; powered toothbrush; sonic

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