V19N02 | 2014 | Original Article | Pages 46 to 55
Amanda Osório Ayres De Freitas, Mariana Marquezan, Matilde Da Cunha Gonçalves Nojima, Daniela Sales Alviano, Lucianne Cople Maia
Orthodontic appliances, Periodontics, Attachment sites, Microbiological, Microbiological analysis,
Objective: To investigate whether there is scientific evidence to support the hypothesis that the presence of orthodontic fixed appliances influences the oral microbiota. Methods: The search for articles was conducted in PubMed; ISI Web of Knowledge and Ovid databases, including articles published in English until May 17th, 2012. They should report human observational studies presenting the following keywords: “fixed orthodontic appliance” AND “microbiological colonization”; OR “periodontal pathogens”; OR “Streptococcus”; OR “Lactobacillus”; OR “Candida”; OR “Tannerella forsythia”; OR “Treponema denticola”; OR “Fusobacterium nucleatum”; OR “Actimomyces actinomycetemcomitans”; OR “Prevotella intermedia”, OR “Prevotella nigrescens”; OR “Porphyromonas gingivalis”. Articles were previously selected by title and abstract. Articles that met the inclusion criteria were analyzed and classified as having low, moderate or high methodology quality. A new detailed checklist for quality assessment was developed based on the information required for applicable data extraction for reviews. The study design, sample, follow-up period, collection and microbial analysis methods, statistical treatment, results and discussion were assessed. Results: The initial search retrieved 305 articles of which 33 articles were selected by title and abstract. After full-text reading, 8 articles met the inclusion criteria, out of which 4 articles were classified as having low and 4 as moderate methodological quality. The moderate methodological quality studies were included in the systematic review. Conclusions: The literature revealed moderate evidence that the presence of fixed appliances influences the quantity and quality of oral microbiota.