Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

2 p.

Publication Date

12-2011

Publisher

Nature Publishing Group (Macmillan Publishers Limited)

Source Publication

Evidence-Based Dentistry

Source ISSN

1462-0048

Abstract

Design

A randomised, parallel-group, controlled clinical trial.

Intervention

The test group had fluoride varnish applied onto the tooth surfaces with WSLs using a miniature cotton swab or brush and advised not to brush for four hours. The control group had saline solution applied.

Outcome measure

Status of the WSLs were assessed using a DIAGNOdent pen (KaVo, Biberach, Germany).

Results

Of the 110 participants recruited, 14 dropped out between the debonding and the six-month recall visit. There were statistically significant differences between the mean DIAGNOdent readings of the two groups at the three-month (P

Conclusions

A greater decrease in DIAGNOdent pen readings was found in the test group during the first six months after debonding. This may be taken to imply an improvement in the WSLs. Thus, topical fluoride varnish application appears to be a good method to treat WSLs and should be advocated as a routine measure after orthodontic treatment.

Comments

Author version. Evidence-Based Dentistry, Vol 12, No. 4 (2011): 104–105 . DOI. © Nature Publishing Group 2011. Used with permission.

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