COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF GLYCINE POWDER AIR POLISHING AND PROPHYLACTIC PASTE IN REDUCTION OF PLAQUE ACCUMULATION IN GINGIVITIS PATIENTS- A RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIAL
*Dr. Georgina George Ettiyil, Dr. Harsha Mysore Babu, Dr. Vivekananda M. R., Dr. Shivaprasad D., Dr. S. Ravindra
Background and Objectives: Glycine air polishing has been proved to be safe, comfortable and time-saving. Whether it could substitute ultrasonic scaling to remove dental plaque biofilm during periodontal therapy remains unclear. The aim of this study was to compare and evaluate the efficacy of Glycine powder air polishing (GPAP) over prophylactic paste polishing in reduction of plaque retention in treatment of gingivitis. Materials and Methods: In this randomized controlled clinical trial, 30 subjects were randomly assigned to two groups with 15 subjects in each group, Group A- Scaling + Glycine powder air polishing, Group B- Scaling + Prohylactic paste polishing. Clinical parameters like Plaque index (PI) and Gingival index (GI) were assessed at baseline and at 14 days. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS software 2.0. Results: Significant improvement in plaque and gingival index scores were noted in Scaling + Glycine powder air‐polishing group. Conclusion: GPAP results in clinically significant improvement in plaque and gingival index scores when compared to Prophylactic paste. Supragingival glycine air polishing had a reliable effect in removing dental plaque biofilm when used as an adjunct to scaling.
Keywords: Glycine powder, Air polishing, Prophylactic paste, Gingivitis.
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