Do really parents brush their children's teeth better?

Eur J Paediatr Dent. 2019 Dec;20(4):325-329. doi: 10.23804/ejpd.2019.20.04.13.


Aim: Plaque removal from first permanent molar teeth was evaluated when conventional and a new silicone tooth and gum brush was used. Also, the effectiveness of parents' brushing was compared with childrens'.

Materials and methods: Study design: This crossover clinical study was conducted with 9 children aged 5 to 7 years, with 18 mandibular first permanent molar teeth which were partially erupted. Four appointments were planned at one-week intervals and at every appointment, dental plaque on teeth was disclosed first. At their first appointment, the children were given a conventional toothbrush, and at their second appointment they were given a silicone tooth andgum brush . Then, at the third appointment, parents performed brushing with a conventional toothbrush, and then brushed with a silicone tooth & gum brush at the fourth appointment. Before and after brushing, photographs were taken for baseline and final plaque scores to determine Occlusal Plaque Index with Image Analysis Software Program.

Statistics: Anova was used for comparison of groups with p<0.05 considered to be significant.

Results: There was statistically significant difference between baseline and final plaque scores among all of the groups (p<0.05) but, there was not statistically significant difference between the groups (p>0.05).

Conclusions: Children under the age of nine are usually believed to lack the developmental skills needed to brush their own teeth, and as a result, the silicone tooth & gum brush might be recommended instead of brushing with parents.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Dental Plaque*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Parents
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Toothbrushing*