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J Investig Clin Dent. 2015 Aug;6(3):206-10. doi: 10.1111/jicd.12094. Epub 2014 May 22.

Efficacy of triphala mouth rinse (aqueous extracts) on dental plaque and gingivitis in children.

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1
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
2
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of triphala mouth rinse (aqueous) in the reduction of plaque and gingivitis among children.

METHODS:

The study was a randomized, double-blinded, controlled trial, with a total of 60 school children (n = 30 in each group; triphala and chlorhexidine groups). Plaque and gingival indices were used to evaluate baseline and follow-up plaque and gingivitis.

RESULTS:

A total of 57 children completed the study. Both chlorhexidine and triphala groups showed significantly lower mean gingival and plaque index scores at follow up than baseline (P < 0.001). There was no significant difference in the percentage change in the mean gingival index between the two groups (P = 0.826). The percentage change in the mean plaque index was significantly higher in the chlorhexidine group compared to the triphala group (P = 0.048).

CONCLUSION:

The effectiveness of triphala in the reduction of plaque and gingivitis was comparable to chlorhexidine, and can be used for short-term purposes without potential side-effects. It is a cost-effective alternative in reducing plaque and gingivitis.

KEYWORDS:

chlorhexidine; gingivitis; herbal; plaque; triphala

PMID:
24850703
DOI:
10.1111/jicd.12094
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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