Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003054
Title: The effectiveness of chewing gum in oral hygiene aid
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Chewing gum may serve as an effective oral hygiene device when brushing may not be possible. Sugar-free gums are simple, inexpensive and are readily available. It increases salivary flow, raises the pH of plaque and saliva, reduces oral malodor, and is effective for stain removal. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of chewing gum in oral hygiene aid. Materials and Methods: The study group consists of 10 patients. Their oral health status is estimated by recording the debris and calculus index to determine the oral hygiene index simplified (OHI-S). The patient is then asked to chew chewing gum for 5 min. The OHI-S is recorded again. The two results are compared. Results: Mean OHI score before and after intervention with sugarcane is 2.41 (+/−0.285) and 0.760 (+/−0.184), respectively. A paired t-test was used to analyze statistically significant differences at 5% significance. The t-test revealed a statistically significant reduction in OHI following sugarcane chewing (T = 19.19, DF= 9, P < 0.0001). Conclusion: This study shows that chewing gum is very effective in reducing plaque and debris.

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    R. Balaji 1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy1 , Ashish R. Jain1 *

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

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish R. Jain, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 127, Tamil Nadu, India

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    R. Balaji 1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy1 , Ashish R. Jain1 *

    Title:The effectiveness of chewing gum in oral hygiene aid
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (January)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (34-36)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Cariogenic, Dental plaque, Remineralization
    Research Materials:Chewing gum

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Cariogenic Chewing gum Dental plaque Remineralization

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