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Effects of Rubber-Tipped Toothbrushes on Plaque and Gingivitis
Int J Clin Prev Dent 2016;12(4):203-208
Published online December 30, 2016;  https://doi.org/10.15236/ijcpd.2016.12.4.203
© 2016 Korean Academy of Preventive Dentistry.

Cho-hee Lee1, Bo-ram Cho2, Su-kyung Jwa3

1Department of Oral Health, Graduate School of Public Health and Social Welfare, Dankook University, Cheonan, 2Leaders Dental Clinic, Incheon, 3Department of Dental Hygiene, Daegu Health College, Daegu, Korea
Correspondence to: Su-kyung Jwa
Department of Dental Hygiene, Daegu Health College, 15 Youngsong-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41453, Korea. 
Tel: +82-53- 320-4516, Fax: +82-53-320-1340, E-mail: chwa7179@ naver.com
Received April 27, 2016; Accepted December 12, 2016.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Objective: In order to compare plaque removal capability and subside by use of rubber toothbrush and versus standard clinical study was perforemed.Methods: Thirty volunteers over the age of 20 years old participated in the study. Half of the participants were categorized as the experimental group, and the other half as the control. Rubber tipped toothbrushes were supplied to the experimental group and standard (nylon) toothbrushes were supplied to the control group. Each group was instructed to use their assigned toothbrushes for oneweek. After a one week for the rest period, the groups with the use of the rubber tip was changing the use toothbrush and the group with standard toothbrush changes to use the rubber tip. Papillary, Marginal, Attached (PMA) index and Patient hygine perforemance (PHP) index were measured before and after the experiment and compared with those of the control group.Results: PMA index decreased from 2.60±1.43 to 1.50±1.11 (p<0.05) and PHP decreased slightly from 1.57±0.50 to 0.80±0.32 in the experimental group (p<0.05).Conclusion: It is recommended that dental patients with early stages of gingivitis use rubber tipped toothbrushes.
Keywords : gingivitis, rubber tip toothbrush, plaque removal 
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