07 Jun Triphala, a New Herbal Mouthwash for the Treatment of Gingivitis: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
Pradeep A. R. et al, November 2016, Journal of Periodontology
Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth, and is caused by a buildup of plaque.Anantiplaqueagent with minimal side effects that can be used as an effective adjunct to mechanical plaque control is needed. Recently a randomized control trial was planned to evaluate the efficacy of triphala (TRP) mouthwash in reduction of plaque and gingivitis. Ninety individuals with chronic generalized gingivitis were randomly assigned to three groups: placebo mouthwash; TRP mouthwash; chlorhexidine (CHX) mouthwash and were instructed to rinse with their respective mouthwash twice daily. 1) Plaque index (PI); 2) gingival index (GI); 3) oral hygiene index-simplified (OHI-S); and 4) microbiologic colony counts were recorded at different time intervals. A significant difference was noticed in all four parameters in group I compared with groups II and III. However, there were no significant differences found between groups II and III for any parameters at any time intervals. From these results it was concluded that TRP mouthwash was comparable with that of CHX mouthwash for improvement in gingivitis and therefore it can be considered a potential therapeutic agent in the treatment of gingivitis.