How are children and adolescents cleaning their orthodontic appliances? A cross-sectional study in private schools

  • Mabel Miluska Suca Salas Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel
  • Rita Regina Souza Lamas Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel
  • Tatiana Pereira Cenci
  • Rafael Guerra Lund Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel

Abstract

Aim: To determine the prevalence and the hygiene methods used by 6-16-year-old private school children and adolescents to clean removable orthodontic appliances (ROA) in the city of Pelotas, RS, Brazil. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in private schools located in the urban area after the school tutors signed an informed consent form. Questionnaires were applied to children using removable orthodontic appliances. Data regarding hygiene methods of orthodontic appliances were collected. Descriptive analysis was performed. Pearson’s chi-square test and Linear Trend with a confidence level of 95% were used for analytical analysis. Results: Children using ROA in private schools were 7.6%. The most frequent hygiene method used was mechanical cleansing with toothbrush and toothpaste (85.6%). Daily cleansing was the frequency most reported by children (51.6%). Conclusions: Use of ROA in students from private schools was low and the most used hygiene method was brushing with toothpaste.

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Author Biographies

Mabel Miluska Suca Salas, Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel
Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Pelotas, RS.
Rita Regina Souza Lamas, Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel
Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Pelotas, RS.
Tatiana Pereira Cenci
Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Pelotas, RS.
Rafael Guerra Lund, Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel
Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Pelotas, RS.
Published
2015-10-13
How to Cite
Salas, M. M. S., Lamas, R. R. S., Cenci, T. P., & Lund, R. G. (2015). How are children and adolescents cleaning their orthodontic appliances? A cross-sectional study in private schools. Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, 13(1), 34-36. https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v13i1.8640927
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