Comparative Evaluation of Efficacy of Green Tea Mouth Rinse and Green Tea Gel on the SalivaryandColony Count in 12-18-year-old Teenagers: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Contemp Clin Dent. 2019 Jan-Mar;10(1):81-85. PMID: 32015647
Maryam Haji Ahmadi
Aims: Green tea is an antibacterial agent with no significant side effect. This feature makes green tea safe for children to use. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of green tea gel and mouth rinse on salivary level ofandof teenagers aged 12-18 years.
Subjects and Methods: In this randomized controlled clinical trial study, 30 children aged 12-18 years were included in the study according to the inclusion criteria and were randomly divided into two groups. Participants in mouth rinse group were asked to rinse their mouth with 0.5% green tea mouthwash twice a day for 2 weeks. In the gel group, participants were requested to brush their teeth with 0.5% green tea gel twice a day for 2 weeks. After 4 weeks of washout period, mouthwash group applied the gel and the gel group rinsed the mouthwash for 2 weeks and with the same instruction as mentioned. Colony count ofandwas determined before and after intervention and data were analyzed usingtest.
Results: According to the independenttest, there was no significant difference in the salivary levels of S. mutans before and after intervention regarding age and gender (= 0.33). Results from paired-test showed significant decrease in the mean count ofandcolonies in both groups before and after intervention (<0.001).
Conclusions: Green tea gel and mouthwash contribute to a significant reduction of salivary levels ofandcolonies, with a greater effect of mouthwash than the green tea gel, which was not statistically significant.