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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 79-83

A comparative evaluation of different types of mechanical aids used for tongue cleaning


1 Reader, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences, Lucknow, U.P, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences, Lucknow, U.P, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences, Lucknow, U.P, India
4 P.G. Student, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences, Lucknow, U.P, India

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G V Jagannath
Reader, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences, Lucknow, U.P
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Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of different aids for tongue cleaning- Tongue scraper, Tooth brush, Back side of tooth brush head and Neem stick. Materials and methods: It is a double blind randomized clinical trial, in which 120 volunteers (paramedical students) were selected for the study and randomly allocated into 4 groups. The supervised tongue cleaning was done in the department. Before and after cleaning, the scores were recorded by a calibrated examiner according to Lee tongue coating index. Results: All the groups using tongue cleaning materials showed a significant reduction in tongue coating. The tongue cleaning efficacy was most in TS group followed by TB group, NS group and least was in BTB group. In inter group comparison there was no significant difference between the post scores of TB group and NS group. All the other differences were highly significant. Conclusion: All the materials used in the study to clean the tongue removed the tongue coating to a significant level and so might be helpful in reducing oral malodor.


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