Effect of two different oral hygiene motivation methods on gingival health of patients with fixed orthodontic appliances
Introduction: Oral hygiene instructions play a vital role in the maintenance of oral hygiene in patients with orthodontic appliances. The purpose of this study was to compare written instructions and verbal instructions using models with fixed orthodontic appliances.
Material and Methods: The sample comprised of 217 subjects divided into 2 groups (Group A, 110 and Group B 107). The mean gingival Index difference between baseline and one month was computed and analyzed through independant t tests.
Results: Mean gingival scores of patients in group A were more as compared to Group B. Results revealed that p-value was significant when mean gingival indices of both groups were compared.Conclusions: Subjects receiving verbal instructions using demonstrations on models have significantly better oral hygiene when compared to those receiving only written instructions.