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Power Toothbrushes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Informed Recommendations for Your Patients (AGD 130)

Presenter: Ginger B. Mann, BSDH, MS and Bettina Wick-Urban, MS, PhD


The information found in this course will arm the dental professional with the information and resources required to make informed power toothbrush recommendations that benefit patients and boost brushing compliance.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Discuss the history of the power toothbrush.
• Understand the different electric toothbrush technologies.
• Describe the clinical significance of plaque.
• Detail the power toothbrush’s effect on plaque, gingivitis, calculus and stain.
• Discuss the oral safety considerations of power toothbrushes.
• Describe the basis for professional recommendation of electric toothbrushes.
• Summarize research presented on patient compliance with brushing recommendations.
• Instruct patients on the use of power toothbrushes.


Ginger B. Mann, BSDH, MS
Ms. Mann was a clinical associate professor at the UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill for ten years. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 1991 with a Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene Education. During her ten years at UNC she was responsible for teaching numerous courses, including Dental Health Education and Clinical Coordinator for second year dental hygiene students. Ms. Mann has received numerous teaching excellence awards. She is a published author and presents continuing education courses. Currently she is the project coordinator for numerous community projects focusing on preschool aged children. Ms. Mann is also a part-time clinical instructor at Wake Technical Community College and an adjunct faculty at the UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill.

Bettina Wick-Urban, MS, PhD

Dr. Wick-Urban is the Global Scientific Information Manager in Oral Care for Brushing and Interdental Cleaning at Procter & Gamble. She graduated from Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy and obtained a PhD degree in experimental cancer therapy in 1996. In 2006, she also obtained a journalism degree. Dr. Wick-Urban joined Procter & Gamble in 1999 and has held various European and global scientific communication positions in Pharmaceutical and Oral Care. She has published numerous original research articles and reviews.

The writers of the course want to acknowledge the expertise of Shelly Campbell for her medical writing assistance.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB's Recertification Requirements.


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