Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003001
Title: Effectiveness of sugarcane in plaque control
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Background: The control of debris and plaque is essential to maintain the health and hygiene of the oral cavity. Plaque control is of two types, namely mechanical plaque control and chemical plaque control. Aim: The aim of the study is to see Effect of sugarcane chewing on controlling plaque intraorally. Materials and Methods: The study group consists of 50 patients. Their oral health status is estimated by recording the debris and calculus index to determine the oral hygiene index score (OHI-S). The patient is then asked to chew on the sugarcane. The OHI-S is recorded again. The two results are compared. Results: Mean OHI-S before intervention was 2.480 (±0.266). OHI-S after intervention was 0.640 (±0.158). A paired t-test was done to analyze statistically significant differences at 5% significance. The t-test revealed a statistically significant reduction in the OHI following sugarcane chewing (t = 15.28, df = 9, P < 0.01). This shows that sugarcane is very effective in the reduction of plaque and debris in the oral cavity. Conclusion: Sugarcane rich in fiber acts as a natural mechanical plaque control removing the debris. The chewing of sugarcane also enables the secretion of more saliva which removes the debris and also neutralizes the acidity brought about by the bacteria present in the oral cavity. Furthermore, the alkaline nature of the sugarcane reduces the acidity of the oral cavity and reduces dental caries.

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    Giftson Rajarajan, Dhanraj Ganapathy, Ashish R. Jain*

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    Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish R. Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 127, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Giftson Rajarajan, Dhanraj Ganapathy, Ashish R. Jain*

    Title:Effectiveness of sugarcane in plaque control
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (January)
    Page No: (130-132)
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    Methodology:plaque control,Effectiveness
    Research Materials:Sugarcane


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