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Quintessence Int. 2005 Nov-Dec;36(10):812-6.

Antimicrobial spray for toothbrush disinfection: an in vivo evaluation.

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Department of Dental Materials and Prosthesis, Faculty of Dentistry, University of São Paulo Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, Brazi.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a spray containing an antimicrobial solution for toothbrush disinfection.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

Three different solutions were sprayed on toothbrush bristles among 30 adults after they had brushed: (1) basic formulation (base) plus chlorhexidine; (2) base only, and (3) sterile tap water (control). Each solution was tested for 1 week. After that, the toothbrushes were collected and sonicated in Letheen Broth, diluted in 10-fold series, and plated on selective and nonselective media for detection of anaerobes, aerobes, streptococci, and gram-negative bacilli. After incubation, the colonies of those microorganisms were counted. Presence of mutans streptococci on the bristles was also confirmed.

RESULTS:

Spray 1 produced a significant reduction in the microbial contamination of toothbrushes for all the microorganisms, spray 2 provided some reduction of contaminants, and spray 3 demonstrated the least antimicrobial effect.

CONCLUSION:

The antimicrobial spray with chlorhexidine proved to be an effective and practical means for toothbrush disinfection.

PMID:
16261797
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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