Citation Information :
Guram G, Sujay Kumar G, Kashyap A, Raghav S, Bhardwaj R, Singh A. Role of Text Message Reminder on Oral Hygiene Maintenance of Orthodontic Patients. J Contemp Dent Pract 2018; 19 (1):98-101.
Introduction: Fixed orthodontic treatment is frequently associated
with increased plaque accumulation leading to gingivitis
and white spot lesions (WSLs).
Aim: This study evaluated the role of text message reminder
on oral hygiene of orthodontic patients.
Materials and methods: A total of 60 patients under fixed
orthodontic treatment were randomly divided into two equal
groups as control group and study (text message) group. Text
message group received reminders about oral hygiene, while
the control group did not receive any messages. Oral hygiene
of both the groups was evaluated at baseline, 2, and 3 months
using plaque indices (PIs) along with WSL status. Data were
statistically analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social
Sciences (SPSS) statistical software, version 19, with chi-square
test and t-test.
Results: At the baseline, plaque score was higher in the study
group over control group (p > 0.038), whereas it was decreased
after 3 months in the test group (p > 0.001). For WSL, there was
no significant difference at baseline, but it was significantly lower
in study group (p > 0.003).
Conclusion: Oral hygiene status improved with text message