Effect of oil gum massage therapy on common pathogenic oral microorganisms -  A randomized controlled trial

Singla, Nishu and Acharya, Shashidhar and Martena, Suganthi and Singla, Ritesh (2014) Effect of oil gum massage therapy on common pathogenic oral microorganisms -  A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology , 18 (4). pp. 441-446. ISSN 0972-124X

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Objectives: (i) To assess reduction in Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus species count in saliva sample after ten minutes of oil gum massage therapy (massage of gingival tissues) per day for three weeks with sesame oil, olive oil, and coconut oil in three different groups of subjects. (ii) To compare the efficacy between three different oils and the “gold standard” chlorhexidine gel. (iii) To assess reduction in gingival scores and plaque scores of study subjects. Materials and Methods: Study design – Single center, parallel design, and triple blind randomized clinical study with four treatment groups. Participants: 32 of the 40 study subjects working as housekeeping personnel at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal; aged 18-55 years completed the three-week study period. Interventions: Subjects were randomly assigned to massage their gingiva everyday for three weeks with sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil (tests), and Chlorhexidine gel (control). Oral health status and paraffin stimulated saliva samples were obtained at baseline and after three weeks of oil gum massage therapy. Outcome measures: Microbial culture, plaque index, and gingival index. Statistical analysis: Paired t test and Kruskal Wallis test. Results: There was a significant reduction in mean Streptococcus mutans count, Lactobacillus count, plaque scores, and gingival scores in all four groups after the study. However, there was no significant difference found in percentage reduction of these variables between the four groups. Conclusion: These oils can be used as valuable preventive agents in maintaining and improving oral health in low socioeconomic status population. However, it is recommended that further research should be conducted in other populations with a larger sample and longer duration of follow-up period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chlorhexidine gel; gum massage; oils; oral microorganisms; randomized clinical trial.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Orthodontics
Health Sciences > KMCIC
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 05:48
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 05:48
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140456

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