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Title: Comparison of plaque removal efficacy of new and 3-month-old toothbrushes in children
Authors: Malekafzali, B.
Biria, M.
Tadayon, N.
Abbasi, H.
Issue Date: 2011
Language: English
Abstract: The cost of replacing toothbrushes at frequent intervals may be prohibitive in underdeveloped countries. The objective of this study in Tehran was to compare the plaque removal efficacy of new and 3-month-old toothbrushes in children. In a randomized, crossover study, 93 children aged 7-9 years old received a new manual toothbrush to use twice per day for 3 months. Plaque scores were measured using the modified Quigley-Hein plaque index after children had brushed for 60 seconds with either a new or their used toothbrush. Bristle wear of worn brushes was assessed by measuring brushing surface areas on digital images. Compared with new brushes in the same subjects, no statistically significant differences were found for plaque score reductions for 3-month-old toothbrushes exhibiting various degrees of wear. Worn toothbrushes are equally effective as new ones for children
Description: 115-120
Keywords: Toothbrushing
Dental Plaque
Dental Plaque Index
Subject: Dental Devices, Home Care
ISSN: 1020-3397
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