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Background and Objectives: The periodontium is a structure of vital importance to orthodontists, efficacy of orthodontic treatment depends upon the response of periodontal tissue. The study was coducted to determine and compare the gingival health status among normal individuals and those who are undergoing fixed mechanotherapy.
Methodology: Randomly 50 children with orthodontic and 50 non orthodontic aged 12-15 years were included, self designed performa which included information regarding oral hygiene practices & Gingival index was used to record gingival status then the data was subjected to statistical analysis (SPSS).
Results: Study group had mild to moderated gingivitis with mean score of 1.150+0.274 and control group had absence to mild gingivitis with mean score of 0.598+0.538, which shows statistically significant difference.
Interpretation and Conclusions: Since plaque is a major etiologic factor in the development of gingivitis and orthodontic appliances tends to encourage development of plaque, so atmost professional and self oral hygiene care has to be taken during orthodontic treatment.