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Interdental brushing for the management of periodontal diseases and dental caries in adults

  • Protocol
  • Intervention



This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To evaluate the effectiveness of interdental brushing in addition to toothbrushing, as compared with toothbrushing alone or toothbrushing and flossing for the management (prevention) of:

  1. periodontal diseases; and

  2. dental caries.

A further objective is to assess the safety of interdental brushing procedures, in terms of potential harms and adverse effects, balancing important benefits against important harms.

In this review we will focus exclusively on interdental brushing, in addition to toothbrushing, which is used as a default in the randomised controlled trials comparing interdental self-care products. However, we recognise that other aids can be used in maintaining interdental oral hygiene and the effectiveness of dental flossing has been analysed in another Cochrane review (Sambunjak 2011).