Guntaas Sethi* and Kunal Kumar
Department of Periodontics, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India
*Corresponding Author: Guntaas Sethi, Department of Periodontics, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India.
Received: May 3, 2018; Published: June 04, 2018
Citation: Guntaas Sethi and Kunal Kumar. “A Comparative Evaluation of Efficacy of 0.2% Chlorhexidine with a Herbal Mouthwash as Pre-Procedural Mouthrinse in the Reduction of Aerosol Contamination Produced by Ultrasonic Scaler”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.7 (2018).
Aim: a) To compare the efficacy of pre-procedural rinse with 0.2% chlorhexidine with that with a herbal mouthwash in reducing the aerosol contamination at two different locations- at the patient’s chest area and the operator’s chest area.
Materials and Methods: Twenty patients aged 20 - 55 years with chronic periodontitis were divided randomly into two groups of ten patients each to receive either a 0.2% chlorhexidine or a herbal mouthrinse as a pre-procedural rinse. The aerosol produced by the ultrasonic unit was collected at the patient’s chest area, another at the doctor’s chest area with an average distance of 12 inches from the patient’s mouth on blood agar plates. The blood agar plates were incubated at 37 degrees for 48 hours. Following which, the total number of colony forming units (CFUs) were counted.
Results: The results revealed that 0.2% chlorhexidine pre-procedural rinse showed a greater reduction in CFUs at both the locations as compared to the herbal mouth rinse (p-value < 0.0001). The Number of CFUs were higher at the patient’s chest location as compared to the doctor’s chest location (p-value < 0.001).
Conclusions: P0.2% chlorhexidine pre-procedural rinse is more effective in reducing aerosol contamination as compared to herbal mouthwash. Also, the patient’s chest location is more exposed to microbial aerosols as compared to doctor’s chest location.
Keywords: Dental Aerosol; Splatter; Pre-Procedural Mouthrinse; Chlorhexidine Mouthwash; Herbal Mouthwash; Colony Forming Units
Copyright: © 2018 Guntaas Sethi and Kunal Kumar. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.