Efficacy of Rolly Brush and Pro-Expert Oral B Toothbrush for Dental Plaque Removal in Children
Pardis Etezad Keyhani, Fatemeh Sarlati, Gholamhossein Ramezani, Mohammadali Saghiri, Naser Valaei
Background and Objectives: Toothbrushing is the most commonly used, most-effective and safest method of plaque removal. But, regular toothbrushing may not be feasible under some circumstances. This study aimed to compare the efficacy of Rolly brush and Pro-Expert Oral B toothbrush for plaque removal in 8 to 12-year-olds. Materials and Methods: Twenty children between 8 to 12 years who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled in this cross-over study. Scaling and root planing were performed in the first session, and the baseline plaque index (PI) was recorded 24 hours later (no oral hygiene during 24 hours) using Turesky modification of Quigley-Hein index and Tepe solution. Next, 10 children were provided with chewable Rolly brush while the remaining 10 were provided with a manual toothbrush and toothpaste (Pro-Export Oral-B) and were instructed to brush their teeth using the modified Stillman technique. The PI was then measured again. After a two-week wash-out period, the PI was decreased to zero and the group assignments were switched. The PI was then measured again. Data were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test and Fisher’s Exact test. Results: The overall mean PI in the Rolly brush group was significantly higher than that in Oral-B toothbrush group (P=0.001). The difference in PI of the anterior maxilla was not significant between the two groups (P=0.188). The mean PI of the posterior region was significantly higher in Rolly brush group (P=0.0001). Conclusion: The Rolly brush can be used as an aid for oral hygiene but cannot replace manual toothbrushing.