Comparison of the efficacy of active oxygen - containing mouthwash (BlueM) with chlorhexidine mouthwash (Hexidine) and its effect on plaque, calculus, and gingival inflammation

New publication from India published in the International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry April this year.

By: Chitrani Rajkhowa (1),*, Shiny Supriya L (1), J Bhavadharani (1), Afreen Jannath A (1), Nivedha K (1), Aishwarrya Padmanaban (2)

(1) Dept. of Periodontics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
(2) Private Practitioner, Uttar Pradesh, India

Aim: To compare the efficacy of active oxygen – containing mouthwash (BlueM) with chlorhexidine mouthwash (Hexidine) and its effect on plaque, calculus, and gingival inflammation.

Materials and Method: A Double blind parallel study was done on 20 systemically healthy patients with the presence of generalized chronic gingivitis in the age group of 20-45 years. Each subject will rinse their mouth with the mouthrinse assigned to them, or twice daily for one minute in the morning and before going to bed. They will be instructed to swish it properly around the mouth and avoid its ingestion.

Results: Descriptive statistics was performed by calculating mean and standard deviation for the continuous variables. Intergroup and intragroup comparison between chlorhexidine and BlueM at baseline (To) and at the end of 3 weeks (T1) showing no statistical differences between the two groups.

Conclusion: BlueM can be used as a safe alternative to chlorhexidine in reducing the microbial load. But when compared to each other there wasn’t a significant change between them. Chlorhexidine, known for it’s side effects, has the edge in being cheaper compared to Blue M. Further studies are required with conclusive evidence to be able to determine whether oxygen enriched mouthwashes can replace chlorhexidine in the future.

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