Beyond brushing, interdental mechanical plaque control
is an additional strategy for the treatment of gingivitis.
(9,10) Mechanical plaque control
is achieved with brushing and flossing, where the dental biofilm is disrupted and physically removed.
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.6,7,8 The aim of this study was to assess oral hygiene practices among fixed orthodontic patients of both genders attending orthodontic clinic at Prince Hashem Ben AL-Hussein Military Hospital at Az-Zarqa, Jordan.
(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.2,3
Jepsen, "The role of manual toothbrushes in effective plaque control: advantages and limitations," in Proceedings of the European Workshop on Mechanical Plaque Control
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
. J Periodontol 2002; 73: 770-8.
However, more studies with patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are necessary to assess whether this wear influences the mechanical plaque control
* prevention of caries by mechanical plaque control
After five months, satisfactory root coverage through gingival wall restitution presented a more favorable esthetic aspect; the attached gingival zone had increased, which favored mechanical plaque control
; and dental hypersensitivity was absent (Fig.