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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 193-197

Efficacy of a commercially available multi-herbal formulation in periodontal therapy

1 Department of Periodontics, DAPM R V Dental College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Periodontics, K. M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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A Suchetha
Department of Periodontics, DAPM R V Dental College, CA-37, 24th Main, JP Nagar 1st Phase, Bangalore - 560 078, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.113068

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Objective: This prospective clinical trial was designed to evaluate the clinical effects of a commercially available powder (Periocare ® Gum massage powder), containing various herbal medicaments, in the reduction of plaque and gingival inflammation in subjects diagnosed with gingivitis. Materials and Methods: Seventy-five subjects diagnosed with chronic generalized gingivitis were selected and randomly divided into the following three groups: Group I - Scaling + Periocare ® Gum Massage powder, Group II - Periocare ® Gum Massage powder alone, and Group III - Scaling only. Clinical evaluation was done at baseline, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks using gingival index, plaque index, and microbiological culturing of plaque samples. Results: Periocare ® Gum Massage (multi-herbal formulation) powder as an adjunct to mechanical therapy (scaling) showed significant clinical and microbiological improvement in the gingival index and plaque index scores as compared to other groups. Periocare ® Gum Massage powder as a monotherapy did not prove to be effective for plaque control. Conclusion: Periocare ® Gum Massage may be a useful herbal formulation for chemical plaque control and improvement in plaque scores and gingival status.

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