Ashwin Mathew George

Department of Orthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India


  • Research Article   
    Need for Disinfecting New Orthodontic Brackets-A Reality Check
    Author(s): Sowmithra Devi S*, Ashwin Mathew George and Rajesh kumar

    Aim: Ideally all orthodontic appliances are to be sterilized before using it on patients to prevent any iatrogenic infection. However, this is not followed in daily practice. Contamination of unused orthodontic brackets could be due to unhygienic practices during manufacturing, packaging, delivery and maintaining stocks in orthodontic offices. Hence this study is aimed to find out if the unused orthodontic brackets are microbe-free to be used in patients. The secondary aim of the study is to evaluate the disinfecting efficacy of two commonly used disinfectants- povidone iodine and glutaraldehyde on brackets which were uniformly contaminated. Materials and Methodology: Ten bracket samples from ten different manufacturing brands were used in this study. One bracket sample was chosen as the control group. Ten bracket samples wer.. Read More»

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