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Manual orthodontic vs. oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush in orthodontic patients: a randomised clinical trial
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  12/2010

Authors:  A. Silvestrini Biavati*, L. Gastaldo*, M. Desś**, F. Silvestrini Biavati*, M. Migliorati*

Language:  English

Institution:  *Department of Orthodontics- University of Genoa, Italy *Dental Hygienist-University of Genoa, Italy

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Manual toothbrush; Oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush; Orthodontic brackets hygiene

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Email:   armando.silvestrini@tin.it


Title:  Manual orthodontic vs. oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush in orthodontic patients: a randomised clinical trial

Abstract:  Aim To compare the efficacy of manual and oscillating-rotating electric toothbrushes in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis in patients with fixed orthodontic appliances. Study design Randomised clinical trial. Methods 20 subjects aged 10 to 14 years (8 males; 12 females) scheduled for fixed orthodontic treatment were enrolled, randomly divided into two groups, A and B, and later assigned electric or manual toothbrushes, respectively. Three months after orthodontic appliance bonding (T1), and again after a further 4 (T2) and 8 (T3) weeks, plaque levels (PI), gingival bleeding (GBI) and hypertrophy were assessed. Results Between the two toothbrush types, statistically significant differences in PI were detected from T2 to T3 (P value=0.010), but not from T1 to T2. In contrast, the GBI was significantly different from T1 to T2 (P value=0.025), but not from T2 to T3. Conclusion With respect to the manual orthodontic toothbrush, the electric oscillating-rotating toothbrush was found to better improve both PI and GBI.

 
 
 
 
 
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