Edition V18N04 | Year 2013 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 8 to 9
Patients with fixed orthodontic appliance find it much more difficult to clean their teeth. The presence of brackets, wires, elastics, buttons and other accessories promote greater plaque retention, favoring the appearance of white spot lesions, dental caries and periodontal disease. Daily, orthodontists see patients with dirty teeth. What must be done in these situations? There are various devices and resources available for cleaning these patients? teeth. Among these, manual and electric toothbrushes are very important. Would electric toothbrushes be more effective in cleaning compared with the manual type? To answer these questions, German and American researchers conducted a clinical study1 in which they evaluated the effectiveness of manual, conventional electric, and orthodontic electric toothbrushes (Fig 1) in cleaning the teeth of patients using fixed orthodontic appliances. The authors were able to verify that electric brushes performed better cleaning when compared with the manual type. In the comparison between electric brushes, the specific type for orthodontic use, promoted greater cleanliness. The findings of this study are relevant and important, because orthodontists have gained proof of a new ally in the maintenance of their patients? oral health.