Oral hygiene is essential in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Currently there is a wide offer of electric brushes for this purpose. The objective of this study is to determine the efficacy and comfort of the Oral-B® Professional Care 500 electric toothbrush in orthodontic wearers. A double-blind, single-center clinical trial was carried out, in which the sample was 90 patients, these were randomized into two groups: 45 patients with electric toothbrush treatment and 45 subjects with manual toothbrush treatment. The effectiveness was determined with the O’leary indexes, the bracket plate index and the Eastman index. For the evaluation of comfort, a survey was used. Statistical analysis was performed with the Shapiro-Wilks test and the Mann-Whitney U test, in which a significant decrease was found in the O’leary index and bracket plate index in the group that used the electro-oscillating brush rotary and a greater decrease in the Eastman index was observed in the same group. In conclusion, the electric toothbrush is comfortable and easy to use, recommended for patients with fixed appliances.
KEY WORDS: orthodontics, toothbrushing, oral health, patient comfort, dental plaque index.
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ARAYA-DÍAZ, P.; ABDALA, T. N.; YAGNAM, D. K.; PALOMINO, M. H.; PARADA, I. J. G.; PASTÉN, C. E. & PIÑEIRO, B. S. Comparative analysis of the efficacy, comfort and safety of the Oral-B oscillating-rotary electric toothbrush in patients with fixed orthodontia: A randomized clinical trial. Int. J. Odontostomat., 15(3):765-772, 2021.