Chlorhexidine mouth wash has been used for decades, however, it remains contraindicated in children and teenagers. On the other hand, the anti-microbial properties of plant derived compounds are well documented.
To compare, in vivo the efficacy and effectiveness of aqueous fruit extract of Terminalia chebula and Chlorhexidine oral rinse as an anti caries agent in children.
Materials and Methods
30 children in the age groups of 13 - 19 years were randomly selected for the study. The efficacy of the two agents (Terminalia Chebula and Chlorhexidine) as anti caries agents was assessed by evaluating the salivary pH and the salivary buffering capacity. The values obtained were subjected to statistical analysis.
A percentage improvement in buffering capacity was noted with Terminalia chebula when compared to Chlorhexidine mouthwash which indicated potential long term effects. The pH of both Terminalia chebula and Chlorhexidine did not show any significant difference.
Terminalia chebula can suitably be used as an anti-carious oral rinse and does not have any side effects such as erosion and staining.
How to cite this article
Garewal P, Garewal J, Sandhu MK, Singh G. Anticarious efficiency and effectiveness of Terminalia Chebula and Chlorhexidine as an oral rinse in children - An In-Vivo Study. CODS J Dent 2015;7: 8- 12