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The Effects of Different Application Techniques and Orifices on the Amount of Dentifrice Dispensed

Ayşegül Ölmez, Dilek Tüfekcioğlu, Elgin Erdemli

Citation Information : Ölmez A, Tüfekcioğlu D, Erdemli E. The Effects of Different Application Techniques and Orifices on the Amount of Dentifrice Dispensed. J Contemp Dent Pract 2004; 5 (3):74-81.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-5-3-74

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2006

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2004; The Author(s).



The purpose of this study was to evaluate three different methods (ST: Standard technique; PS: Pea-size; TT: Transverse technique) for dentifrice use in children between 5-7 years of age, as well as to compare the amount of dentifrice dispensed by using tubes with different orifices (cresent or round shaped).

Methods and Materials

One hundred children who dispensed the dentifrice themselves were asked to apply the quantity of dentifrice they usually used (ST or TT) (Phase-I). In Phase-II they were instructed to apply a PS amount, and in Phase III the TT was demonstrated. Statistical analysis was obtained by using Anova and t-test.


Most of the children (82 patients) preferred to use the ST rather than the TT (18 patients). A decrease in the dentifrice amount was obtained with both of the shaped orifices after the instruction of PS or demonstration of the TT (p< 0.05). It was observed the amount of dentifrice dispended decreased when a cresent-shaped orifice was used.


Children usually preferred to use the ST rather than the TT before the instruction or demonstration by the operator. The amount of dentifrice dispensed generally decreased when a dentifrice tube with a crescentshaped orifice was used.


Ölmez A, Tüfekciogğlu D, Erdemli E. The Effects of Different Application Techniques and Orifices on the Amount of Dentifrice Dispensed. J Contemp Dent Pract 2004 August;(5)3:074-081.

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