Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Assessing adherence with toothbrushing instructions using a data logger toothbrush

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Giles McCrackenORCiD, Lynne Heasman, Dr Nick Steen, Professor Peter Heasman


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


Objectives: To evaluate patient compliance with toothbrushing instructions using a data logger and a brushing diary. Methods: Dental patients were provided with powered toothbrushes modified to carry electronic data loggers. Demonstration of the most effective way to use the toothbrush was provided with instructions to brush for 2 minutes morning and evening. Data logger brushes were supplied for two episodes of 8 weeks. Brushing time was also recorded in a diary during episode 1. Results: Data from 14 brushes (2,287 recordings) were used to evaluate compliance in episode 1. Nine brushes (1,526 recordings) were used in episode 2. A total of 2,333 brushing events were reported manually in the diaries. Data logger records during episode 1 showed that only 34% of events were compliant with the instruction of a 2 minute brushing time, 20% were partially compliant (within ±30s of 2 minutes), and 46% of events were non-compliant (>30s from 2 minutes). The respective proportions for episode 2 were 24%, 24% and 52%. Diary data reported 58% of events as compliant with 42% non-compliant. Conclusions: Manually completed brushing diaries do not provide an accurate reflection of subjects' compliance with toothbrushing instructions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McCracken G, Janssen J, Heasman L, Stacey F, Steen N, DeJager M, Heasman P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2005

Volume: 198

Issue: 1

Pages: 29-32

Print publication date: 08/01/2005

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4811954

PubMed id: 15716890


Altmetrics provided by Altmetric