Role of Text Message Reminder on Oral Hygiene Maintenance of Orthodontic Patients

J Contemp Dent Pract. 2018 Jan 1;19(1):98-101. doi: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2219.


Introduction: Fixed orthodontic treatment is frequently associated with increased plaque accumulation leading to gingivitis and white spot lesions (WSLs).

Aim: This study evaluated the role of text message reminder on oral hygiene of orthodontic patients.

Materials and methods: A total of 60 patients under fixed orthodontic treatment were randomly divided into two equal groups as control group and study (text message) group. Text message group received reminders about oral hygiene, while the control group did not receive any messages. Oral hygiene of both the groups was evaluated at baseline, 2, and 3 months using plaque indices (PIs) along with WSL status. Data were statistically analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) statistical software, version 19, with chi-square test and t-test.

Results: At the baseline, plaque score was higher in the study group over control group (p > 0.038), whereas it was decreased after 3 months in the test group (p > 0.001). For WSL, there was no significant difference at baseline, but it was significantly lower in study group (p > 0.003).

Conclusion: Oral hygiene status improved with text message reminder.

Keywords: Orthodontic treatment; Plaque control Text message..

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oral Hygiene*
  • Orthodontic Appliances*
  • Reminder Systems*
  • Text Messaging*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult