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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-88

Improving the quality of gingival health status of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment through a herbal anti-plaque agent


1 Asst. Prof. Dept of Orthodontics, Sharad Pawar Dental College & Hospital, Sawangi (M), Wardha, India
2 Asso. Prof. Dept of Orthodontics, Sharad Pawar Dental College & Hospital, Sawangi (M), Wardha, India
3 Prof. Dept of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, MGACHRC, Wardha, India
4 Asst. Prof. Dept of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, MGACHRC, Wardha, India

Correspondence Address:
Rizwan Gilani
Asst. Prof. Dept of Orthodontics, Sharad Pawar Dental College & Hospital, Sawangi (M), Wardha
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Mouth rinses have been used for centuries for medicinal and oral cosmetic purposes, but it is only in recent years that the rationale behind the use of chemical ingredients has been subject to scientific research and clinical trials .Today’s dentists are practicing in an era where the patients are more concerned about both their oral health and their overall medical wellbeing. Thus, in the midst of growing evidence of the connection between oral health and whole body health, herbal medicines with their ‘naturally occurring’ active ingredients like Triphala offer a gentle and enduring way for restoration of health by the most trustworthy and least harmful way. The present study was done to evaluate and compare the efficacy of Triphala mouthwash in patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment. The study included 50 randomly selected patients who were undergoing orthodontic treatment. Fifty healthy individuals were selected for participation in the study. In group A, 25 patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment were prescribed the Triphala mouthwash. In group B, 25 patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment were prescribed chlorhexidine mouthwash. There was a significant difference in plaque levels between the two groups. In the group A, the mean overall mouth plaque index score was 1.65±0.96, compared to 1.43±0.20 in the group B. The difference of 0.23±0.76 between the two groups was statistically significant (P<0.001) which indicates valuable role of Triphala mouthwash.


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