Effect of an essential oil-containing dentifrice on established plaque and gingivitis
ABSTRACT A six-months, double-blind, parallel, clinical study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of an essential oil containing dentifrice on established plaque and gingivitis compared with a placebo dentifrice. A total of 104 subjects were stratified into two groups according to baseline Quigley-Hein Plaque Index scores and Loe-Silness Gingival Index scores. Each group was randomly assigned to use either an essential oil dentifrice or placebo dentifrice. The subjects were instructed to brush their teeth in the customary manner for 1 minute, twice daily, with the provided dentifrice using a soft-bristle toothbrush. After six months, the essential oil containing dentifrice gave a 25.4% reduction (p < 0.001) in supragingival plaque accumulation and a 19.5% reduction (p < 0.001) in gingivitis compared to the placebo dentifrice.
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ABSTRACT: The aim of the review was to critically appraise the various pros and cons of the synthetic and herbal agents used in mouthwashes against halitosis and facilitate users to choose appropriate mouthwashes according to their need. Oral Malodour (OMO) or halitosis is a global epidemic with social and psychological impact. Use of mouthwash has been adopted worldwide to control halitosis within a past few decades. Alcohol and Chlorhexidine are common agents in synthetic mouthwashes, while Tannins and Eugenol are derived traditional herbal extracts. Each agent signifies some unique properties distinguishing them from others. Herbal ingredients are gaining the attention of the profession due to its mild side effects and competitive results. Herbal mouthwashes can be a safer choice in combating OMO, as an alternate to synthetic mouthwashes.Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan: JCPSP 04/2014; 24(10):757-762. DOI:10.2014/JCPSP.757762 · 0.35 Impact Factor