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Br Dent J. 2005 Jan 8;198(1):29-32; discussion 24.

Assessing adherence with toothbrushing instructions using a data logger toothbrush.

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School of Dental Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. g.i.mccracken@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate patient compliance with toothbrushing instructions using a data logger and a brushing diary.

METHODS:

Dental patients were provided with powered toothbrushes modified to carry electronic data loggers. Demonstration of the most effective way to use the toothbrush was provided with instructions to brush for 2 minutes morning and evening. Data logger brushes were supplied for two episodes of 8 weeks. Brushing time was also recorded in a diary during episode 1.

RESULTS:

Data from 14 brushes (2,287 recordings) were used to evaluate compliance in episode 1 Nine brushes (1,526 recordings) were used in episode 2 A total of 2,333 brushing events were reported manually in the diaries. Data logger records during episode 1 showed that only 34% of events were compliant with the instruction of a 2 minute brushing time, 20% were partially compliant (within +/-30s of 2 minutes), and 46% of events were non-compliant (>30s from 2 minutes). The respective proportions for episode 2 were 24%, 24% and 52%. Diary data reported 58% of events as compliant with 42% non-compliant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Manually completed brushing diaries do not provide an accurate reflection of subjects' compliance with toothbrushing instructions.

PMID:
15716890
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bdj.4811954
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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