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Abstract

COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF HERBAL AND NON HERBAL TOOTHPASTE ON SCHOOL CHILDREN

Dr. Kushal B., *Dr. Prashant Babaji, Dr. Shashibhushan K.K., Dr. Pradeep M. C., Dr. V. Rajashekar Reddy

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Aim: This study was done to evaluate the effect of herbal and non herbal toothpastes in reduction of plaque and gingivitis in children aged 8 – 15 years. Materials & Methods: A total of 80 participants were selected for the study, who met both the inclusion and exclusion criteria and divided into 4 subgroups [Herbal toothpaste (Daubar red & Vicco Vajradanthi) and Non - Herbal toothpaste (Colgate kids & Pediflor)] with 20 samples in each group. The children were instructed to brush their teeth using Fone’s and bass method of brushing technique. Evaluation of toothpastes was done based on plaque and gingivitis indices at follow up period. Results: The present study showed reduction of plaque and gingivitis in children in both the groups but no statistically significant difference was found on intra and inters group comparison. Conclusion: Present study indicated the effectiveness of both herbal and non herbal toothpastes in reducing plaque and gingivitis. It is well known that ingredients of conventional toothpaste has adverse effects whereas herbal toothpastes has not have any reported side effects. Hence it can be safely advised in children for improving oral health.

Keywords: Gingivitis, Herbal toothpaste, Non Herbal toothpaste, Plaque.


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