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Title: Effect of sugar containing and sugar free chewing gums on dental plaque re-growth.
Background: Tooth brushing is one of the mechanical methods for dental plaque removal. Need exists for adjunctive methods of mechanical plaque removal that are simple, inexpensive, and convenient for use of patients. Chewing gums are one such adjuvant. With the introduction of sugar free chewing gums there is a new hope in alternative mechanical plaque control method.
Objective: To compare the dental plaque re-growth using sugar containing and sugar free chewing gums.
Methodology: Randomized clinical trial consisting of eight subjects of 21-28 years were selected and divided into two groups consisting of sugar containing and sugar free chewing gums. Subjects were instructed to chew gums 4 times a day, at least for 30 minutes each time for 4 days and refrain from all other oral hygiene measures. Examination with Modified Quigley Hein index for plaque re-growth was done on 4th day.
Results: Sugar containing chewing gums showed more plaque re-growth than sugar free chewing gums.
Conclusion: Sugar free chewing gums may be an adjuvant for mechanical plaque removal