Stimulation of salivary flow with a powered toothbrush in a xerostomia population

Athena Papas, Mabi Singh, Dorothy Harrington, Sally Rodriguez, Katherine Ortblad, Marco De Jager, M. Nunn

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The purpose of this study was to determine if using a Sonicare® toothbrush was a beneficial treatment of xerostomia. Sixty-one subjects with medication-induced xerostomia were randomly assigned a Sonicare (SC) or manual toothbrush (MTB). Subjects were followed for four visits (one month apart); after two months, the MTB group crossed over to using a SC. At each visit, saliva flow was measured by subjects expectorating for five minutes at four collection periods. For the first sample subjects were asked to spit while brushing for three minutes and for two minutes after brushing. Five-minute saliva collections were taken at 15-, 30-and 45-minute intervals. Questionnaires were administered at the end of the study period and three years later. Paired analysis on the MTB group that crossed over to SC showed significant increase in salivary flow at all post-brushing collections (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
JournalSpecial Care in Dentistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)


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