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J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2011 Dec;11(4):171-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jebdp.2011.09.013.

Essential oil mouthwash (EOMW) may be equivalent to chlorhexidine (CHX) for long-term control of gingival inflammation but CHX appears to perform better than EOMW in plaque control.

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Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, Michigan 48208, USA. neelya@udmercy.edu

Abstract

ARTICLE TITLE AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION:

Essential oils compared to chlorhexidine with respect to plaque and parameters of gingival inflammation: a systematic review. Van Leeuwen MPC, Slot DE, Van der Weijden GA. J Periodontol 2011 Feb;82(2):174-94. Epub 2010 Nov 2.

REVIEWER:

Anthony L. Neely, DDS, MDentSc, PhD.

PURPOSE/QUESTION:

To determine whether essential oil mouthwash is comparable to chlorhexidine gluconate with respect to reducing plaque and gingival inflammation and promoting calculus accumulation and extrinsic staining.

SOURCE OF FUNDING:

Some support came from the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. TYPE OF STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review with meta-analysis of data.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

Level 1: Good-quality, patient-oriented evidence.

STRENGTH OF RECOMMENDATION GRADE:

Grade B: Inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence.

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