Vol. 8, Issue 3, Part B (2020)
Evaluation of plaque and salivary pH changes after rinsing with refreshing beverages like basil tea and green tea: A cross-sectional study
Author(s): Nagaraj Bkalburgi, Arati C Koregol, Ruchita S Patil, Tejashwini Puttarevanna, Pushpa Pattanshetty and Nandini Shiddaraj Shirigeri
Abstract: Growth of periodontal pathogens is affected by the changes in pH of dental plaque and saliva. An increasing number of people are using herbal products in both prophylaxis and treatment of various diseases. Green tea (GT) and Basil tea (BT) are healthy beverages consumed regularly which possess diverse pharmacological properties. The aim of our study is to evaluate the effect of rinsing GT and BT on dental plaque pH and salivary pH. Total of 140 subjects were selected and divided into 70 Healthy and 70 chronic periodontitis subjects. Each main group was subdivided into 35 rinsing BT and 35 rinsing GT. Plaque and saliva samples were collected and pH was analyzed by using digital Hannah pH meter before rinsing, at 15 & 30 mins after rinsing with BT and GT. Both BT and GT (intergroup pairwise comparison) showed statistically significant changes in salivary pH in chronic periodontitis subjects at both 15 and at 30 mins after rinsing with GT showing better results. Similarly, on plaque pH, BT showed better results than GT at both 15 and 30 mins after rinsing however, the statistically significant difference was seen only at 15 mins. Favorable changes in pH of plaque and saliva, conducive for periodontal health, occur after rinsing with BT & GT making it a safe and applicable adjunct in treatment of periodontitis.
How to cite this article:
Nagaraj Bkalburgi, Arati C Koregol, Ruchita S Patil, Tejashwini Puttarevanna, Pushpa Pattanshetty, Nandini Shiddaraj Shirigeri. Evaluation of plaque and salivary pH changes after rinsing with refreshing beverages like basil tea and green tea: A cross-sectional study. Int J Herb Med 2020;8(3):97-101.