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Preventive Cares for Orthodontic Dental Patients
Int J Clin Prev Dent 2018;14(4):209-215
Published online December 31, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Academy of Preventive Dentistry.

Kyu-Hwan Lee

Department of Preventive Dentistry, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
Correspondence to: Kyu-Hwan Lee
Department of Preventive Dentistry, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, 82 Gumi-ro 173beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 13620, Korea. Tel: +82-31-787- 2420, Fax: +82-31-787-4014, E-mail:
Received September 15, 2018; Revised December 3, 2018; Accepted December 3, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
In recent years, the numbers of the orthodontic dental patients have been rapidly increased in adolescent or young adult aged generation. It has been well known that it would be very hard to control the oral hygiene cares for orthodontic applied dental patient because of the complexity of the appliance. So the caries prevalence of the orthodontic dental patients would be higher than non-appliance persons, and it might be easy to cause the dental caries especially on the labial or buccal surface of the tooth through equipping the fixed type appliance with a long period, even though the alignment of the teeth would be arranged well. So, the massive preventive program for preventive dentistry should be needed for the dental patients for orthodontic treatment, in order to protect the dental caries and the periodontal disease for them. But, lots of the dentists or dental hygienists sometimes neglect of this point for preventive dental cares orthodontic dental patients, or do not know the importance and how to manage the skill for the preventive dental works in clinical. In this article, it will be introduced the basic theories and skills for preventive cares as tooth-brushing instruction, fluoride topical application and pit and fissure sealant, scaling and professional mechanical tooth cleansing and the diet control, for the dental patients with the fixed type of the orthodontic appliance, in case by case.
Keywords : orthodontic treatment, fixed type orthodontic appliance, preventive dental care, orthodontic treatment plaque control, tooth brushing fluoride application

December 2018, 14 (4)