Research Article - Current Pediatric Research (2022) Volume 26, Issue 4
Caries management by the oral biofilm care method: A randomized controlled trial.
Background: Dental caries is one of the most common oral diseases in children and adolescents. Dental plaque management is important in preventing dental caries. Objectives: This study was conducted in order to compare the effects of general brushing and Polishing using a rubber cup (POL), and Toothpick Method (TPM), which are essential for the prevention of dental caries. Materials and Methods: The collected data were repeated measures ANOVA test was used to compare the influencing factors of dental caries by time, according to the three groups of general brushing, POL and TPM. Results: The TPM was an effective method for the removal of oral biofilm and the reattachment rate of oral biofilm on the interdental surface (F=10.438, p<0.000). POL was an effective method for the removal of oral biofilm and the re-attachment rate of oral biofilm on a smooth surface (F=10.438, p<0.000) and an occlusal surface (F=1.925, p=0.117). POL was an effective method for the removal of oral biofilm and the reattachment rate of oral biofilm on the O’Leary index (F=13.146, p<0.000) and occlusal surface (F=3.409, p=0.014). Dental hygienists should avoid any reckless implementation of the increased preventive measures. Conclusions: In order to prevent dental caries, a more specialized and effective oral care method should be implemented according to the dental plane while taking into consideration the oral condition of the patient.Author(s): Yu-Rin Kim, Seoul-Hee Nam*