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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114-118

Comparative evaluation of two manual toothbrushes with different bristle designs for plaque removal efficacy in females – A clinical study

1 Coorg Institute of Dental Science, Virajpet, Karnataka, India
2 Government Dental College and Hospital, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Private Practitioner, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Chitra Laxmikant Patil
Government Dental College and Hospital, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jid.jid_12_19

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Aim: The aim of the study was to analyze and asses the plaque removal efficacy of two manual toothbrushes with different bristle designs among female clinical undergraduate students in Virajpet, Coorg. Materials and Methods: Thirty female undergraduate dental students with a minimum of twenty teeth with good general health were included in the study. The efficacy of two manual toothbrushes with round and zigzag bristles of “medium” type 0.009″ (0.3 mm) was compared using a randomized clinical trial for 5 days. The participants were assessed for plaque prior to brushing according to the Criteria of Turesky–Gilmore–Glickman modification of Quigley–Hein plaque index. On the 5th day, postbrushing plaque scores were assessed. The data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 17 software. Results: No significant difference was found in the mean values of plaque removal efficacy between round and zigzag bristle toothbrushes.

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