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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 308-310

Evaluating the anti-plaque efficacy of two herbal dentifrices - A triple blind controlled trial


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology and Diagnosis, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Puneet Gupta
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti- plaque efficacy of commercially available two herbal dentifrices using a randomized, triple blind, parallel design method. A total of 32 subjects were selected. All the subjects (aged 13- 54 years) were given the test dentifrices, packed in plain white colour coded tubes. The subjects were instructed to brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes with the allocated dentifrice. The total study duration was 4 weeks. Plaque scores were recorded at the baseline, 2 weeks and 4 weeks respectively, using the Turesky modification of the Quigley Hein Plaque Index. The results of the in-vivo study reported that there were significant differences in the reduction of plaque by the herbal dentifrice on intra-group and inter-group comparison. It was concluded that further research is required to know the dental benefits of herbal products being incorporated in to the commercially available dentifrices.


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