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Year : 2016 | Month : May | Volume : 10 | Issue : 5 | Page : ZC81 - ZC83

The Mouthwash War - Chlorhexidine vs. Herbal Mouth Rinses: A Meta-Analysis

Sunayana Manipal, Sajjid hussain, Umesh Wadgave, Prabu Duraiswamy, K. Ravi

1. Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 2. Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontology, Balaji Dental College, Chennai, Tamil nadu, India. 3. Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Sangli, Maharashtra, India. 4. Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 5. Dean, Department of Orthodontia, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Sunayana Manipal,
21, Chandra Banu Street, Pudupet, Chennai -600002, Tamil Nadu, India.
E-mail: gsunayana@yahoo.com, sajjid2000@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Mouthwashes are often prescribed in dentistry for prevention and treatment of several oral conditions. In the recent times the use of naturally occurring products what is otherwise known as grandmothers remedy are used on a large scale. This has now called for a newer age of mouth washes but is the new age mouth washes at par with the gold standard or even better than them this study investigates.

Aim: The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of two broad categories of mouth washes namely chlorhexidine and herbal mouth washes.

Materials and Methods: Eleven randomized control studies were pooled in for the meta-analysis. The search was done from the Pub Med Central listed studies with the use keywords with Boolean operators (chlorhexidine, herbal, mouth wash, randomized control trials). The fixed effects model was used for analysis.

Results: This meta-analysis brings to light, the fact that a wide range of newer herbal products are now available. As with a plethora of herbal mouthwashes available it is the need of the hour to validate their potential use and recommendation. This study found that only two studies favor the use of herbal products and four studies favor the use of chlorhexidine, of the 11 studies that were analyzed.

Conclusion: More studies are required under well controlled circumstances to prove that herbal products can equate or replace the ‘gold standard’ chlorhexidine. Herbal products are heterogeneous in nature, their use should be advised only with more scientific proof.

Keywords

Chlorhexidine, Plaque index, Randomized control trials

How to cite this article :

Sunayana Manipal, Sajjid hussain, Umesh Wadgave, Prabu Duraiswamy, K. Ravi. THE MOUTHWASH WAR - CHLORHEXIDINE VS. HERBAL MOUTH RINSES: A META-ANALYSIS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2016 May [cited: 2018 Jun 19 ]; 10:ZC81-ZC83. Available from
http://www.jcdr.net/back_issues.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2016&month=May&volume=10&issue=5&page=ZC81-ZC83&id=7815

DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2016/16578.7815


Date of Submission: Sep 01, 2015
Date of Peer Review: Oct 20, 2015
Date of Acceptance: Mar 26, 2016
Date of Publishing: May 01, 2016

Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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