Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2004  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 100--5

Evaluation of an alum-containing mouthrinse for inhibition of salivary streptococcus mutans levels in children--a controlled clinical trial.


K Mourughan, MP Suryakanth 
 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Surgery, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

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K Mourughan
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Surgery, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
India

The anticariogenic effect of alum was evaluated in the study by measuring the salivary S. mutans levels of children at baseline, after 3-weeks, and 6-weeks of using alum-containing mouthrinses. Sixty subjects with a mean age of eleven years were selected and randomly divided into four groups. Two experimental mouthrinses (alum in physiological saline and alum in distilled water) and two control mouthrinses (physiological saline and distilled water) were given for a period of 6 weeks on a daily basis. Salivary samples were collected at the end of 3 weeks and 6 weeks and S. mutans levels were assessed and compared with baseline values and among each other. Both the alum-containing mouthrinses produced statistically significant reductions in S. mutans levels in children, thus tempting us to announce alum as a routine oral hygiene measure, though its safety for prolonged usage needs to be established by long-term studies.


How to cite this article:
Mourughan K, Suryakanth M P. Evaluation of an alum-containing mouthrinse for inhibition of salivary streptococcus mutans levels in children--a controlled clinical trial. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2004;22:100-5


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Mourughan K, Suryakanth M P. Evaluation of an alum-containing mouthrinse for inhibition of salivary streptococcus mutans levels in children--a controlled clinical trial. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2004 [cited 2019 Jun 26 ];22:100-5
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