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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 108-12

Microbial contamination of tooth brushes and their decontamination.


Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore, Karnataka

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S S Bhat
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore, Karnataka

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With the dawn of the new century, dentistry has seen a new face in the fields of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Twenty one children were asked to brush their teeth for five days. The brushes were put in Robertson's Cooked Meat broth and cultured. Growth of Streptococcus Mutans were seen. These brushes were then placed in disinfectants such as 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate (Gp I), 1% sodium hypochlorite(Gp II) and water (Gp III) for 24 hrs and then cultured. Disappearance of growth of microorganisms was seen in Gp I and Gp II and remnants of growth seen in Gp III. It can be concluded that the use of disinfectant is a must for every individual at regular intervals.






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