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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 292-296

Comparing the effect of dry and wet brushing on dental plaque removal in children


1 Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry; Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences; Department of Operative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
4 Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Paniz Sheikh Hassani
Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Velenjak, Tehran
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JISPPD.JISPPD_71_19

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Aims: This study was aimed to assess the efficacy of wet and dry brushing on cleaning outcome of tooth surfaces. Methods: Forty-three children aged 10–12 years were randomly selected and instructed for this brushing project. Each case served as self-control. Each patient was requested to brush through one of the wet/dry techniques for 1 week and other technique on the 2nd week. Samples had a washout step using pumice prophylaxis prior to each brushing week. Tooth Cleanliness Index was used to measure the plaque removal level. Two uniform Oral-B toothbrushes were used one for each week through the Modified Stillman technique. Mann–Whitney test was employed along with the Wilcoxon signed-rank test to analyze the data. Results: The level of brushing efficacy was slightly higher in males with no statistically significant difference between sexes. Remaining plaque measured was higher in wet group with significant difference (7.3 ± 1.7 for dry brushing and 7.6 ± 2.6 for wet brushing) (P < 0.05). Conclusions: Dry and wet brushing did not show a significant difference in their capacity to remove plaque indicating that dry brushing could be considered as an acceptable brushing technique.






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