Comparison of different toothbrushing protocols in poor-toothbrushing orthodontic patients

Arici S., Alkan A., Arici N.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORTHODONTICS, vol.29, no.5, pp.488-492, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/ejo/cjm038
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.488-492
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was to determine, using a computerized image analysing system, whether the use of a curved-bristle toothbrush (CBT) alone is more effective than two other toothbrushing protocols on dental plaque elimination in poor-toothbrushing orthodontic patients. The labial surfaces of the maxillary canine-to-canine anterior teeth of 30 patients (12 males and 18 females) were individually photographed following dental plaque staining before and 4 weeks after each toothbrushing protocol, with a 1-month washout interval. The toothbrushes used were (1) a CBT, (2) an orthodontic toothbrush (OT), and (3) an OT in combination with interproximal toothbrush (IT) (OT + IT). Total labial surfaces of the anterior teeth and stained plaque areas were measured and gingival indices (GIs) were also recorded.