The efficiency of dental plaque control measures based on risk prediction, using modern prophylactic methods
A fundamental principle for all preventive action is that the positive effect is greatest where the risk for disease is greatest. The effectiveness of plaque control by self-care depends on motivation, knowledge,
oral hygiene instruction, oral hygiene aids and manual dexterity. An up-to-date needs-related combination of mechanical and chemical plaque control measures by self-care and professionals is the most efficient method for prevention and control of periodontal diseases as well as dental caries.