Price and the efficacy of the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape for the removal of the proximal dental biofilm compared to the common nylon dental floss in adolescents and young adults.
Main Article Content
Methods: The polytetrafluoroethylene tape was used as a method for the removal of the proximal dental biofilm. By a randomized procedure the sample size was of 87 (31 men and 56 women) between 16 and 28 years old. The oral hygiene of the participants was suspended during a period of 12 hours. A suitable disclosing solution was used to paint the dental surfaces. The removal of the biofilm was made by the same operator who used the same technique with the two materials (polytetrafluoroethylene tape and nylon dental floss). The information was collected using the coronal division (in thirds) of the Greene and Vermillion Oral Hygiene Index. This index was modified to evaluate proximal surfaces only.
Results: In the group of dental floss the presence of the proximal biofilm was 72.6% before and 11.2% after its removal. In the group of PTFE was 72.9% before and 11% after. After the comparison of the two methods the differences are not significant. PTFE price is 2.7 times lower than common nylon dental floss.
Conclusions: The similarity in the removal of the proximal biofilm of the PTFE tape when compared to the nylon floss was significant. Thanks to its biocompatibility, tolerance and its low price, the PTFE tape is an alternative method for the removal of the biofilm in these proximal areas. Results of this study open a way for the investigation on non orthodox techniques, but effective, for the maintenance of the oral health with the only purpose of improving life quality of poor populations.
- Jorge Eduardo Tascón, Gustavo Alonso Cabrera, Creencias sobre caries e higiene oral en adolescentes del Valle del Cauca. , Colombia Médica: Vol. 36 No. 2 (2005)
- Jorge Eduardo Tascón, Gustavo Alonso Cabrera, Algunas creencias sobre susceptibilidad y severidad de la caries en adolescentes del Valle del Cauca, Colombia. , Colombia Médica: Vol. 36 No. 3 (2005)
- Jenifer Hernández, Claudia Lorena Guevara, Manuel Fernando García, Jorge Eduardo Tascón, Hábito de fumar en los estudiantes de primeros semestres de la Facultad de Salud: características y percepciones. Universidad del Valle, 2003. , Colombia Médica: Vol. 37 No. 1 (2006)
- Jorge Eduardo Tascón, Diana Londoño, Catalina Jaramillo, Patricia Burbano, Milena Mesa, Tránsito Hernández, Beliefs, practices and periodontal treatment needs of an adult population in Cali, 2003. , Colombia Médica: Vol. 37 No. 3 (2006)
The copy rights of the articles published in Colombia Médica belong to the Universidad del Valle. The contents of the articles that appear in the Journal are exclusively the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Editorial Committee of the Journal. It is allowed to reproduce the material published in Colombia Médica without prior authorization for non-commercial use