ISSN: 0975-8798, 0976-156X
Malini Venugopal, Korath Abraham, Ektah Khosla, Arun Roy James, Elza Thenumkal
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative methods for toothbrush disinfection. Methods - 50 children of age grp 6-12yrs were included in the study. The new toothbrushes were given to children and were asked to brush in the morning and nigh for 1week under the supervision of parents. 2% chlorhexidine, 100% and 50% synthetic vinegar, 25% eucalyptus oil were tested. The head of both morning and night toothbrush were covered with sterile gauze and immediately transferred to microbiology department for microbial decontamination efficacy testing. Results :All disinfectant solutions used had equal antimicobial action for tooth brush disinfection. No difference in colonies or antimicrobial efficacy was seen between different disinfectants and morning and night toothbrush. Conclusion- These agents can be cost-effective, easily accessible, and comparatively effective for toothbrush disinfection. Because these agents are nontoxic, cost-effective and easily accessible, they may be appropriate for household use.
Published Date: 2017-12-31;