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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 162-166

Comparative evaluation of effect of use of toothbrush with paste and munident on levels of Streptococcus mutans and gingival health in children: An in vivo study


1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, A.J Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Periodontology and Implantology, A.J Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, A.J Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Rashmi N Shetty
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, A.J Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikana, Mangalore - 575 004, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/JISPPD.JISPPD_265_16

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Aim: Dental caries is a multifactorial disease which has a deleterious effect on the oral cavity. Improper oral hygiene habits are a cause for the same. The aim of this study was to compare the antibacterial efficacy of Munident, an Ayurvedic (herbal) dentifrice with commercially available toothpaste. Materials and Methods: A total of forty subjects between the age group 9 and 12 years, resident of Bala Yeshu Nilaya Bhavan, Mangalore, Karnataka, India, were chosen for our study. They were divided into two groups containing twenty subjects in each; Group 1 for standard toothpaste and Group 2 for Munident. The decayed, missing, and filled teeth scores were noted from each subject. Group 1 was instructed to brush the teeth using commercially available toothpaste and Group 2 was instructed to brush using commercially available Munident (herbal) dentifrice. Both the groups brushed the teeth using soft variety of tooth brush. The gingival bleeding index and salivary Streptococcus mutans count were noted pre- and post-brushimg for both groups. The results obtained were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: Munident (herbal) dentifrice showed better efficacy in comparison to toothpaste in terms of gingival bleeding index and salivary S. mutans count. Conclusion: Munident (herbal) dentifrice has better gingival bleeding index compared to standard formulation of toothpaste. Hence, the practice of using herbal dentifrice should be encouraged.






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