ORAL HYGIENE IN ORTHODONTICS: A REVIEW
Increased incidence of dental caries and periodontal breakdown is seen with patients having orthodontic problems. It is due to formation of the bio-film and dental plaque. Acidogenic bacteria grow in this environment. Lack of motivation leads to poor maintenance of oral health. It increases the treatment time and sometimes the orthodontists are compelled to discontinue the treatment due to lack of maintenance. This review article describes the importance and various methods of maintaining oral hygiene in orthodontic patients.
Keywords: Dental plaque, Oral hygiene, Tooth brushing, Interdental aids, Disclosing agents.
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