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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 38-42

Evaluation of a Commercially Available Herbal Gel Containing Acacia Arabica in Chronic Generalized Gingivitis Patients


1 PG Student, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
3 Reader, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

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Aditi Somani
PG Student, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
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Background : The use of herbal drugs for the prevention and treatment of various health ailments has been in practice from the time immemorial. Acacia arabica is considered as an astringent, demulcent, aphrodisiac, antihelminthic, antimicrobial, antidiarrhoeal with good nutritional value in Indian traditional medicine system. This study was done to evaluate the efficacy of a commercially available gel containing Acacia Arabica in reducing the gingival inflammation in chronic generalized gingivitis patients. Materials and Method: The study included 15 subjects diagnosed with chronic generalized gingivitis. They were asked to apply the Acacia Arabica gel for 1 week before undergoing mechanical therapy. The clinical parameters such as the Gingival Index (GI) and the Plaque Index were taken at baseline and one week after application of the gel. Results: The clinical parameters were compared using the Paired sample t- test and the commercially available gel containing Acacia Arabica was found to be effective in reducing inflammation in patients with chronic generalized gingivitis. The gingival index score reduced from 1.94 ± 0.234 at baseline to 1.22 ± 0.196 after one week whereas the plaque score reduced from 3.82 ± 0.524 at baseline to 2.86 ± 0.520 after one week. Conclusion: Herbal gel containing Acacia Arabica has proven to be useful in reducing the inflammation as well as an anti-plaque agent.


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