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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-15

An in vivo comparison of plaque pH changes in children aged 8-12 years after consumption of milk and green tea with sugar

1 Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Peoples College of Dental Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Rishiraj College of Dental Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_195_17

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Aims: A study was conducted with an intent to compare the changes in plaque pH after rinsing with sucrose (arch criminal), milk with sugar, and green tea with sugar. Materials and Methods: A randomized, open-label, single exposure study was conducted in 30 children (aged 8–12 years). Plaque pH was measured after rinsing with sucrose (control group; n = 10), milk with sugar (n = 10), and 2% green tea with sugar (n = 10) at an interval of 5, 10, 20, and 30 min (short-term clinical trial). Results: Difference in mean plaque pH values between the groups and at different time intervals was statistically analyzed using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and repeated measures ANOVA. The final plaque pH results revealed that in spite of adding sugar, green tea showed statistically significant difference when compared to comparators. Conclusion: The present study recommends the use of green tea with sugar in children as it is a potent caries preventive measure which prevents drop in plaque pH.

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