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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-89

Effect of locally delivered aloe vera gel as an adjunct to scaling and root planing in the treatment of chronic periodontitis: A clinical study


Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, Punjab, India

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Harjit Kaur Virdi
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.106460

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of aloe vera gel as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) in the management of chronic periodontitis. Materials and Methods: The effect of aloe vera on reduction of plaque, gingivitis, and periodontitis was evaluated in a randomized, single-blind, split-mouth study. Twenty patients with chronic periodontitis having 5 mm periodontal pockets bilaterally at least in one site were included in the study. On one side, SRP was done and on the contralateral side along with SRP pure aloe vera gel was applied in the periodontal pockets at the baseline and after 1 and 2 weeks. Probing pocket depth, gingival index (GI; and plaque index (PI; were noted at the baseline and after 6 weeks. Results: There was a significant improvement in the pocket depth and the GI readings after 6 weeks in both the groups (paired t-test). On comparing, the SRP-ALOE group showed significantly better results than SRP alone ( P < 0.0001) (ANOVA test). In the PI though the significant improvement was there in both the groups, the difference between the groups was not significant ( P > 0.1771). Conclusion: Results encourage the use of aloe vera in the treatment of periodontitis.


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