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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 60-64

The efficacy of a tooth paste containing perlite as an abrasive in removal of extrinsic tooth stain- A two week study


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere. Kamataka-577 004, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Public Health Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere. Kamataka-577 004, India

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Background: For majority of people, appearance of the teeth is very important and any discoloration or stain present on them will affect their quality of life. It is the reason behind the rapid growth of tooth whitening market segment in recent years. Objective: To measure the stain removal and prevention efficacy of a whitening toothpaste containing perlite as abrasive in two weeks period. Methodology: Fifty adult subjects with at least 6 assessable incisor teeth from Davangere city, Karnataka, with a history of extrinsic tooth stain were selected for this study. Subjects brushed their teeth with given toothpaste twice daily for two weeks. Extrinsic stain was measured at baseline and after two weeks by using Macpherson modified Lobene stain index. Results: After two weeks, there was reduction in mean stain score when compared to a baseline data and this difference was statistically significant Conclusion: The whitening toothpaste containing perlite significantly reduced extrinsic stain in two weeks period.


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