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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 12-17

Anti-Plaque Efficacy of two Commercially Available Dentifrices

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 MJs, Anchor Health & Beauty Care Pvt., Ltd, Marathon Next Gen lnnova, Kewal Industrial Estate, Marathon Building, Unit No.201, C-Wing, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel (West), Mumbai - 400 013, India

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Objective: To compare anti-plaque efficacy of Anchor toothpaste as compared with Pepsodent tooth paste among adult population in Dharwad, Karnataka, India. Methodology: An eight-week, randomized, double blinded, two arm, parallel, clinical trial was conducted in 120 study subjects aged between 14-53 years. After baseline oral hard-soft-tissue examination, baseline plaque status was recorded using Tureskey-Gilmore-Glickman modification of Quigley Hein plaque index. Subjects were assigned in to 2 groups which were balanced in relation to their baseline plaque scores. Subjects were instructed to brush their teeth twice daily for 1 minute using assigned product. Oral hard-soft-tissue examination and follow-up plaque status was recorded at 4 and 8 weeks. Results: Baseline plaque scores were 2.0646 ± 0.6542 and 2.0479 ± 0.5942 in Anchor and Pepsodent groups respectively (p > 0.05). At 4 weeks, plaque scores reduced to 1.6640 ± 0.5385 and 1.6092 ± 0.4671 in Anchor and Pepsodent groups respectively (p < 0.05)]. At 8 weeks, plaque scores reduced to 1.5882 ± 0.5083 and 1.6237 ± 0.4970 in Anchor and Pepsodent groups respectively (p < 0.05). Conclusions: Anchor and Pepsodent toothpastes were equally effective in reducing plaque scores of study subjects over a period of 8 weeks. Maximum reductions were seen in first 4 weeks of product use in both dentifrices with no significant reductions from 4-8 week period.

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