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An electric toothbrush is a toothbrush that
uses electric power to move the brush head.
The first electric toothbrush, the Broxodent,
was introduced by Squibb Pharmaceutical at the centennial of
the American Dental Association in 1959. These were initially
created for patients with limited motor skills, as well as those
with orthodontic patients (such as those with braces). Latest
research shows that these are more effective than manual toothbrushes,
as it leaves less room for patients to brush incorrectly.
However, other research finds electric toothbrushes
are no more effective than the manual variety. However, "rotation-oscillation"
electric toothbrushes did out-perform manual brushing, removing
around 7% more plaque and leading to 17% less gum disease than
manual brushes. Any kind of electric toothbrush does tend to
help people who are not as good at cleaning their teeth and
as a result have had oral hygiene problems.