Edition V20N02 | Year 2015 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 20 to 21
Every orthodontist wishes to maintain patient’s oral health during orthodontic treatment. Difficulties in properly controlling bacterial biofilm present in fixed orthodontic appliances are shared by all patients. Bacterial biofilm can be controlled by mechanical (tooth brush, dental floss, strips and irrigant solutions) and chemical means (mouthwashes). The effectiveness of mechanical methods has already been well described and reported in the literature; however, there is considerable doubt over the chemical methods available. In this context, Brazilian researchers conducted a systematic literature review1 to assess the effectiveness of mouthwashes in reducing cariogenic biofilm in orthodontic patients. Results are promising, as they reveal that mouthwashes can reduce cariogenic biofilm in these patients. According to the authors, mouthwashes are best prescribed from 10 to 20 ml, twice a day, in the morning and evening.