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J Contemp Dent Pract. 2019 Apr 1;20(4):444-448.

Effectiveness of Various Tongue Cleaning Aids in the Reduction of Tongue Coating and Bacterial Load: A Comparative Clinical Study.

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1
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, People's Dental Academy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
2
Department of Public Health Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, e-mail: nealdip@gmail.com.
3
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, People's Dental Academy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Abstract

AIM:

To remove tongue biofilm and improve breath odor, specific instruments (tongue scrapers) or toothbrushes are used.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This study compared the effectiveness of a manual toothbrush that has a tongue scraper on the back of its head and two commercially available tongue scrapers in reducing the tongue coating and aerobic and anaerobic microbiota of the tongue dorsum. A randomized, negative controlled, double-blind, parallel design study for three different treatment interventions was conducted.

RESULTS:

All tongue cleaners showed a significant reduction in Winkle's tongue coating scores with significant values of reduction (p <0.001) of the anaerobic bacterial count with plastic and metal tongue scraper when compared to brush scrapper.

CONCLUSION:

There was an effective reduction of bacterial load on tongue dorsum with the use of tongue cleaners, with maximum load reduction by using plastic tongue cleaners.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE:

The results of the present study may be helpful for the dentists while prescribing tongue cleaners to their patients in their clinical practice.

KEYWORDS:

Biofilm; Brush scraper; Micro bacteria; Tongue Tongue scraper.

PMID:
31308274

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