n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Plaque control : get time on your side in treating dental and gingival tissue

Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1998-801X


The macroscopic and microbiological impact of effective plaque control is the cornerstone for the short- and long-term success of our treatments. Getting our patients to perform effective and long-lasting plaque control requires progressive step-by-step training. Dentists themselves can inform and educate patients, but trained assistants can also do this. This needs time, but ten more seconds daily of effective brushing or interdental plaque control at home means one hour of treatment per year (3600 seconds) on the considered tooth surface. Patients need time to assimilate and use all these new concepts and practices. The dentist will define the aim of home treatment and explain it carefully to the patient, and to the assistant if available. This is easier if dentists and their teams are sensitive to people's ability to take ownership of the techniques taught. Time spent is not wasted, but has to be considered like an investment by both dental team and patient.

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