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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 532-535

Effect of Ayurvedic herbs on control of plaque and gingivitis: A randomized controlled trial

1 Senior Research Associate, INYS Medical Research Society, Bangalore, India
2 Principal, KLE University's BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
3 PG Scholar, KLE University's V.K. Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
4 Lecturer, Department of Shalakya Tantra, KLE University's BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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B S Prasad
Principal, KLE University's, BMK Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.96128

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Ayurveda had mentioned various procedures for maintaining oral hygiene. These include procedures like gandusha, kavala, dantadhavana, and jivha lekhana (cleaning tongue). Various plants have been mentioned in Ayurveda for dantakashta. Various Ayurvedic dental formulations are available in market in the form of powders, paste, etc. Present study was conducted for evaluating the effect of one of such Ayurvedic toothpowder named UDM, in controlling plaque and reducing gum inflammation in patients of moderate gingivitis. Scaling, root planning, and polishing were done for all the patients participating in the study. Oral hygiene instructions were given that included brushing twice/day with assigned tooth powder using BASS method for tooth brushing and also massage over gum tissue with finger. All the patients were recalled after 15 days. Scores of plaque index and gingival index was recorded on day 1 and day 15 of treatment. Total of 15 patients were recruited in each group. The mean reduction in gingival index was 1.15 (P<0.05) and 1.26 (P<0.05) in positive control and UDM treatment groups, respectively. However, the mean reduction in plaque indices were found to be 2.03 (P<0.05) and 2.16 (P<0.05) in positive control and UDM groups, respectively. No significant difference was seen in both the parameters between the two groups.

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