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Patient with fixed appliances (braces) must have good oral hygiene to prevent dental caries, decalcification, periodontal problems and oral health diseases. Many orthodontic patients’ complaint of not able to clean between their fixed appliances (braces) due to the arch wires prevented the insertion of the toothbrush. Food can also get stuck between the fixed appliances and their teeth. This could result in dental cavity and gum disease for this patient if left untreated. In this study, a new device of tooth cleaning was tested against normal tooth brushing. A new cleaning device which uses water irrigation to remove dental plaque on tooth enamel surfaces were develop for this study. Both method of tooth cleanings was compared between each other on the effectiveness to remove dental plaque on tooth enamel surfaces. In the end, water irrigator was found to be slightly more effective to clean dental plaque.
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