Aim This was to evaluate the effectiveness of plaque disclosure as an auxiliary method for early childhoods’ oral hygiene. Methods The study was performed with 20 mothers and their children (aged 6–36 months), members of a preventive programme, which two groups used one of two approaches: conventional oral hygiene/group I (tooth brushing) and plaque disclosure with subsequent oral hygiene/group II (tooth brushing with prior plaque disclosure). Ten mothers started the study in group I and the other 10 in group II, after one month interval they changed to be in the alternate group. Each group consisted of baseline and three additional visits at weekly intervals. The effectiveness of oral hygiene was assessed in a blind fashion by plaque quantity estimation, using the Green Vermilion index for smooth surfaces and the plaque thickness index for occlusal surfaces. Statistical comparisons were performed using repeated measures ANOVA/Fisher’s post hoc test and paired t-test (p < 0.05). Results For smooth and occlusal surfaces at first and second visits, group II recorded significantly lower plaque indices when compared with group I. Additionally, when considering the mean dental plaque index of all visits, group II also presented lower plaque scores than group I. Conclusion Dental plaque
European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry – Springer Journals
Published: May 15, 2018
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