Introduction: Dental plaque is a serious precursor to a multitude of dental and periodontal ailments. Therefore plaque control is a serious consideration in prevention of these ailments. Tooth brushing is the most popular mode of plaque control with different types of brushes used worldwide. The aim of this study is evaluate and compare the efficacy of a manual tooth brush, chewable tooth brush and electrical tooth brush for plaque removal in children of age 8-14years.
Materials and methods: The study population comprised of 30 children aged between 8 to 14 years, who were divided into 3 groups according to the type of toothbrush assigned to them namely Group A: electric toothbrush(N & M Electric Toothbrush),Group B: manual toothbrush(Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush) and Group C: chewable toothbrush(Fuzzy Toothbrush). The children were assessed for plaque buildup under their normal brushing routine and their assigned tooth brushes respectively for consecutive weeks. The plaque buildup was noted using OHI-S and TQHI indices.
Results: Chewable toothbrush showed a final value of 2.70 in OHI-S and in3.32 TQHI. Electric toothbrush showed a final value of 2.702.36 and 2.76 in OHI-S and TQHI respectively. Manual toothbrush showed a final value of 3.08in OHI-S and in3.69 TQHI
Conclusion: The electric toothbrush was noted to have the most efficiency in plaque removal followed by manual toothbrush and chewable toothbrush.