Background & Aim: Plaque control is the removal of dental plaque on a regular basis and the prevention of its accumulation on the teeth and adjacent gingival surfaces. As toothbrush is the important equipment for plaque removal, this study was carried out for the purpose of qualitative and quantitative evaluation of used toothbrushes in Iran.
Method & Material: The study was descriptive using observation and questionnaire as the technique. The studies 30 toothbrushes including 8 Iranian (Soft Jordeh, Hard Jordeh, Mujan, Medium Jordeh, Medium Mina, Hard Panbehriz, Soft Laleh, and Medium Mervarid) and 22 foreign ones (Oral – B indicator, Close Up, Gum, Butler, Jordan (children), Atman Doctor, LG, Sanxiao, Trisa, Signal 2, Lion, Crest, Al-Falij Clean, Colgate-plus Maxam, Test, Angola, Dr Banta, Dent, Formula, Dr. Mortos, GUM were selected randomly. The tools for the study were ruler, colis, and micrometer.
Results: The study showed the toothbrush length as acceptable variable with high frequency (100%), and marking was the variable observed with low frequency (77.8%).
Conclusion: The results of the study indicated that foreign toothbrushes have no superiority to Iranian toothbrushes. According to Iranian National Standards, the most acceptable toothbrush was Oral – B indicator and the last one was G.U.M. (Syrian).
J Dent Sch 2003 21(4): 434