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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: ORTHODONTICS
ORTHODONTICS
The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Publication:
Fall 2004
Volume 5 , Issue 3

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Classification System for Toothbrushing Habits

Masao Kujirai, DDS, MS, PhD

Pages: 236241
PMID: 15612343

Aim: For orthodontic patients, optimal oral prophylaxis is essential. In this article, a classification system for toothbrushing habits, according to three criteria that can indicate the direction of guidance for primary school children, is discussed. Methods: Toothbrushing habits of children are evaluated according to three criteria (frequency of toothbrushing, attitude toward voluntary toothbrushing, and thoroughness of toothbrushing). Computer-generated classification graphs, performance tables, and component tables were obtained based on the responses to 26 questions. Results: The children can be classified into different types, according to the three criteria, on the graphs. Performance tables indicate the items that require guidance, while component tables indicate the priority of the items that require guidance. Conclusion: The quantitative assessment of toothbrushing habits for children is possible, using this new classification system. World J Orthod 2004;5:236241.

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