JICDRO is a UGC approved journal (Journal no. 63927)
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-36

A clinical evaluation of the effect of 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate as a mouthrinse on gingival inflammation in pregnant and non-pregnant women with and without undergoing scaling and root planing procedures

Department of Periodontology, A.C.P.M. Dental College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Alka S Waghmare
Department of Periodontology, A.C.P.M. Dental College, Dhule, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.115778

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There is a high incidence of gingivitis in pregnant women due to combined effect of local and systemic factors. Chlorhexidine is an effective chemical plaque control agent by virtue of its property substantivity. Aim and Objective: In the present work we propose to study the effect of 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate solution as a mouth rinse on gingival inflammation in pregnant women in comparison with non-pregnant women, before and after scaling and polishing procedures. Materials and Methods: A total number of seventy six healthy pregnant and non pregnant females in the age group of 20 to 30 years were included for the study. All the subjects used 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouthrinse twice a day for 3 weeks. Weekly observations were made in both subgroups. Results: There was no significant reduction in plaque index, papilla,marginal gingiva and attached gingiva index and gingival bleeding index when 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouth rinse was used alone without scaling and polishing procedures. When 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouthrinse was used after scaling and polishing procedures at the end of 3 weeks, there was highly significant reduction in PMA index and gingival bleeding index in nonpregnant women group, whereas in pregnant women group there was only a significant reduction in the gingival bleeding index. Conclusion: 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate used as mouth rinse twice a day for three weeks reduces gingival inflammation and gingival bleeding in both pregnant and non pregnant women, but significantly more in non pregnant women.

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