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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-87

Effect of tulsi extract and probiotic mouthrinse on plaque and gingivitis among school children – A randomized controlled trial


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, JSS Pharmacy College, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. M Nanditha Kumar
Department of Prosthodontics, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore - 570 015, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_113_19

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Background: Probiotics and tulsi extract mouthrinses are a breakthrough approach to preventing plaque and gingivitis through their different defence mechanism. Objective: Comparison of the effectiveness of chlorhexidine (CHX), tulsi extract and probiotic mouthrinses among 12–15-year-old school children of Mysore, India. Materials and Methods: Triple-blinded randomized controlled clinical trial-concurrent parallel design. The study was done in school which was selected by the lottery method. A total of 60 children who fulfilled the eligibility criteria were randomly selected for the study. After baseline examination using computer generated table divided into three groups – Group A: 0.2%CHX mouthrinse, Group B: tulsi extract mouthrinse, and Group C: probiotic mouthrinse. Results: There was a significant reduction in plaque and gingivitis among all three study products (P < 0.05). Compared to baseline data, plaque and gingivitis reduction was more pronounced in probiotic mouthrinse compared to chlorhexidine and tulsi extract mouthrinses. Conclusions: All the study products, i.e., CHX, tulsi extract and probiotic mouthrinses showed a significant reduction in plaque and gingivitis compared to baseline scores.


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