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Topical Application of Chlorhexidine Gel with Brush-On Technique in the Tailored Treatment of Plaque Induced Gingivitis

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Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Sciences, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Surgical, Medical and Sperimental Scinces, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Department of Restorative, Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Multidisciplinary Department of Medical-Surgical and Odontostomatological Specialities, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 80138 Naples, Italy
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Interdisciplinary Department of Medicine, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70124 Bari, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(17), 6014; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176014
Received: 7 August 2020 / Revised: 25 August 2020 / Accepted: 28 August 2020 / Published: 31 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Applied Dentistry)
Aim: This study aimed to assess the action of a chlorhexidine-based brush-on gel application in the treatment of plaque-related gingivitis. Methods: The enrollment involved consecutive patients diagnosed with plaque-induced gingivitis. Each participant’s full mouth plaque score and gingival index were recorded at the first appointment (t0) and at follow ups after 1 week (t1), 2 weeks (t2) and 3 weeks (t4). All patients were randomly sorted into two groups: A study group, who was given instruction to brush their gums daily with a chlorhexidine gel, and a control group who received a placebo gel. The two groups’ data at baseline were compared using a chi-square test, while the t-Student and Mann–Whitney tests were employed to analyze the index’s trends, both separately and compared. Results: In total, 30 patients were enrolled, 15 referring to the study group and 15 to the control group. The study group had an 87% decrease in their plaque score and an 84% decrease in their gingival index (p < 0.05). The control group displayed a reduction in plaque score and gingival index of 74% and 84%, respectively (p < 0.05). The plaque score decreased statistically more significantly in the study group than in the control group. Conclusion: Topical employment of a chlorhexidine-containing brush-on gel appears to be a useful home tool in the treatment of plaque-induced gingivitis, associated with professional debridement. View Full-Text
Keywords: gingivitis; chlorhexidine; oral hygiene; topical gel gingivitis; chlorhexidine; oral hygiene; topical gel
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Nardi, G.M.; Grassi, R.; Campus, G.; Pareti, M.L.; Stasio, D.D.; Petruzzi, M.; della Vella, F. Topical Application of Chlorhexidine Gel with Brush-On Technique in the Tailored Treatment of Plaque Induced Gingivitis. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6014. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176014

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Nardi GM, Grassi R, Campus G, Pareti ML, Stasio DD, Petruzzi M, della Vella F. Topical Application of Chlorhexidine Gel with Brush-On Technique in the Tailored Treatment of Plaque Induced Gingivitis. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(17):6014. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176014

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Nardi, Gianna M., Roberta Grassi, Guglielmo Campus, Maria L. Pareti, Dario D. Stasio, Massimo Petruzzi, and Fedora della Vella. 2020. "Topical Application of Chlorhexidine Gel with Brush-On Technique in the Tailored Treatment of Plaque Induced Gingivitis" Applied Sciences 10, no. 17: 6014. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176014

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