J Biomed 2016; 1:26-31. doi:10.7150/jbm.16953 This volume

Research Paper

Tailored Brushing Method (TBM): An Innovative Simple Protocol to Improve the Oral Care

Gianna Maria Nardi1*, Silvia Sabatini1*✉, Fabrizio Guerra1, Marco Tatullo2*, Livia Ottolenghi1*

1. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy;
2. Tecnologica Research Institute, Crotone, Italy.
* These Authors equally contributed to this article.

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Nardi GM, Sabatini S, Guerra F, Tatullo M, Ottolenghi L. Tailored Brushing Method (TBM): An Innovative Simple Protocol to Improve the Oral Care. J Biomed 2016; 1:26-31. doi:10.7150/jbm.16953. Available from /v01p0026.htm

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Graphic abstract

Background. The objective of this study is to describe and assess the effectiveness and acceptability of a modern tailored protocol of oral hygiene, based on the concordance between professionals and patients, and based on the proper choice of best tools for oral hygiene regardless of the technique used. This new method has been called Tailored Brushing Method (TBM).

Material and methods. Two groups of adult patients (n=200) were involved in this research, according to specific inclusion criteria. Test group followed the indications of the new Tailored Brushing Method, while control group was involved in a standard protocol of oral hygiene with the suggestions of a brushing technique and the typical approach based on the compliance. Plaque Index, bleeding on Probing index and patients' acceptability of the methods (Visual Analog Scale) were assessed at different time points. Descriptive and statistical analyses were performed.

Results and conclusions. Test group had statistically lower Plaque Index and Bleeding on Probing after 30 days, in comparison with control group. Test group expressed a better acceptance of the new tailored method. This research suggests to use a tailored approach to oral hygiene, overcoming the need of patient's compliance, often affected by bias such as alteration of the protocols and wrong brushing maneuvers.

Keywords: Oral hygiene, tooth-brushing, dental home care, tailored approach.