Plaque removal efficiency of chewable toothbrushes among 10–12-year-old children: A randomized control trial

Sridhar Nekkanti, Kanwardeep Kaur, Shwetha Balagopal, Priyanka Agarwal

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Abstract

Aim and Objectives: Toothbrushing is one of the most important factors in controlling plaque accumulation and dental caries. There are vast varieties of toothbrushes available in the market. This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of novel chewable toothbrushes as compared to manual toothbrushes in plaque removal among 10–12-year-old children. Materials and Methods: This randomized controlled trial was conducted on 40 healthy children aged between 10 and 12 years of age who were randomly assigned to either of the groups: Group I––Chewable Toothbrushes and Group II––Manual Toothbrushes. Following oral prophylaxis, baseline records of oral hygiene indices (Simplified oral hygiene index (OHI-S) in indexed teeth and Turesky modification of Quigley Hein plaque index (TMQHI) were taken. Baseline Saliva samples were collected and sent for Streptococcus mutans counts. Children were then instructed to use their respective toothbrush twice daily for a week. Oral hygiene indices and S. mutans counts were repeated after 1 week. Results: Differences in pre-brushing and post-brushing plaque scores and salivary S. mutans counts were statistically significant when compared using paired-sample t test and independent-sample t test. There was a significant reduction in salivary S. mutans counts after using both chewable and manual toothbrushes. However, there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups (P = 0.08). Conclusion: Chewable toothbrushes are equally effective in plaque control when compared to manual toothbrushes. These can be a reliable alternative for children who lack manual dexterity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-765
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)

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