mechanical plaque control

me·chan·i·cal plaque con·trol

(mĕ-kan'i-kăl plak kon-trōl')
Oral hygiene procedures to remove dental biofilm from tooth surfaces using a toothbrush and selected devices for interdental cleaning.
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These measures included either mechanical plaque control such as using toothbrushes, dental floss, interdental brush, water picks or chemotherapeutic agents such as mouthwashes and dentifrices.
2) Mechanical plaque control methods are efficient in maintaining adequate levels of oral hygiene, studies have shown that patient compliance in following these methods are not adequate in a large population.
Since many people cannot remove dental plaque properly and mechanical plaque control alone is not enough, chemical plaque controlling such as mouthwash can be suggested.
The European Workshop on mechanical plaque control approved the following policy statement in 1998: "forty years of experimental research, clinical trials and demonstration projects in different geographical and social environments have confirmed that the effective elimination of dental plaque is essential for dental and periodontal health throughout life.
Also, Chlorhexidine as an antiplaque agent that prevents plaque formation but its mode of action does not allow it to remove plaque already present on tooth surface efficiently, therefore it is used as an adjunct to mechanical plaque control.
Six month comparison of powered vs manual tooth brushing for safety and efficacy in the absence of professional instruction in mechanical plaque control.
However, more studies with patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are necessary to assess whether this wear influences the mechanical plaque control.
17,19 On a clean tooth surface bacteria colonize quickly and if mechanical plaque control is not achieved withen few days signs of inflamation appear.
The patient was instructed to use soft tooth brush for mechanical plaque control in the surgical area.
1) Although mechanical plaque control can be an effective strategy for preventing the progression of periodontal diseases, most individuals do not adequately brush their teeth, and only 11 to 51% of the population admits to using dental floss or some type of inter-dental cleaning device on a daily basis.
Mouth rinses can be used for a variety of patients in addition to those who have difficulty with mechanical plaque control.
Traditional approaches to caries management include mechanical plaque control, diet modification, fluorides, antimicrobial agents, sealants and nonfluoride remineralizing therapies.
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