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Indian J Dent Res. 2010 Apr-Jun;21(2):213-7. doi: 10.4103/0970-9290.66629.

Role of dentifrice in plaque removal: a clinical trial.

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Department of Periodontics, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The precise role of dentifrice in plaque removal has been debatable. While a considerable volume of literature attributes several beneficial properties and glorifies the role of dentifrice, a small body of researchers questions its efficacy. Lingering doubts are emerging about the plaque removal efficacy of toothpastes and probably a time has come to reassess its role in plaque removal.

AIM:

The present study is used to evaluate the plaque removal efficacy of dentifrice alone during the manual brushing of teeth.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

In a double blinded 2 Chi 2 crossover study design, 42 subjects had brushed randomly with or without dentifrice under supervision, with a standard dentifrice and toothbrush, after 48 hours of plaque accumulation, for two minutes.

RESULTS:

Plaque reduction with dentifrice was 57.35% and without dentifrice was 66.19%. This 9% difference was statistically significant ( P < or = 0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Dentifrice use does not enhance plaque removal when used in conjunction with a toothbrush, and instead, may marginally lessen the brushing effect. The role of a toothbrush appears to be more crucial in the maintenance of oral hygiene.

PMID:
20657090
DOI:
10.4103/0970-9290.66629
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