2018 Month : February Volume : 5 Issue : 10 Page : 882-885
Dr. Alluru Deepika,
#2-346/11/10, Block 1-502,
Paras Paradise, Indiragandhi Nagar,
Near Old dairy farm petrol bunk,
Visakhapatam – 530040, Andhra Pradesh.
Oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional remedy for many years. It is supposed to cure oral and systemic diseases, but the evidence is minimal. Intraorally it is supposed to cause strengthening of teeth, gums, and the jaw and to prevent decay, oral malodour, bleeding gums, dryness of the throat and cracked lips. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of oil pulling with flaxseed oil on plaque induced gingivitis and to compare its efficacy with chlorhexidine mouthwash.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
A total of 20 teenaged individuals attending the Out Patient - Department of Dentistry with plaque-induced gingivitis were selected for this study. They were divided randomly into the study or oil pulling group (Group I) and the control or chlorhexidine group (Group II) with 10 subjects in each group. Plaque index and modified gingival index scores were recorded for the selected individuals of both the groups. The study group was subjected to oil pulling with flaxseed oil every day in the morning before brushing whereas the control group used chlorhexidine mouth rinse. Reassessment of the index scores was done after 30 days in both the groups.
There was a statistically significant reduction of the pre- and post-values of the plaque and modified gingival index scores in both the study and control groups (P <0.001).
The oil pulling therapy with flaxseed oil is thus an effective adjuvant in reducing plaque-induced gingivitis.
Oil pulling, Plaque-induced gingivitis, Flaxseed oil, Chlorhexidine.