A systematic review was performed of published data on the caries-inhibiting effect of preventive measures during orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances. The purpose was to develop evidence-based recommendations about the most effective means of preventing white spot lesions in orthodontic patients. The 15 studies included were divided into four groups based on comparable preventive measures: fluoride, chlorhexidine, sealants and bonding materials. The caries-inhibiting effect of the preventive measures was expressed by the prevented fraction (PF). The overall PF of the fluoride-releasing bonding materials was 20% (SEM 0.09). This effect was, however, not statistically significant. It was impossible to calculate an overall PF for the other preventive measures, but the tendency of their caries-inhibiting effect has been described. The use of toothpaste and gel with a high fluoride concentration of 1,500–5,000 ppm or of complementary chlorhexidine during orthodontic treatment showed a demineralisation-inhibiting tendency. The use of a polymeric tooth coating on the tooth surface around the brackets showed almost no demineralisation-inhibiting effect. Many publications had to be excluded from this systematic review because of improper research designs. Future clinical trials are needed to give evidence- based advice on the optimal caries-prevention strategy.

This content is only available via PDF.
Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.