J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2018 Jun;42(2):40-45. 10.11149/jkaoh.2018.42.2.40.

Effects of plaque control according to professional toothbrushing and oral health education of orthodontic patients

  • 1Department of Biomedical Health Science, Graduate School, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Korea. yamako93@deu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Dental Hygiene, Dongnam Health University, Suwon, Korea.


OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to contribute to the development of an oral health education program on organized professional toothbrushing by determining its effects on plaque control in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The subjects in the experimental group participated in the professional toothbrushing and oral health education weekly for 4 weeks, and those in the control group participated in the same program without professional toothbrushing education.
The difference in knowledge, attitude, and behaviors on oral health was higher among the experimental group who underwent professional toothbrushing and oral health education program than those in the control group. The effects of toothbrushing time on the plaque index were significantly lower in experimental group than those in the control group.
It is suggested that adequate oral health and professional toothbrushing education program should be implemented to improve oral health.


Orthodontic paitents; Professional toothbrushing; Dental plaque control
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