Date of Award

Summer 1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Deanne S. Allen

Committee Member

Constance P. lader

Committee Member

Norman D. Glasscock

Committee Member

Bibb B. Huffstutler

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46M62


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a hydrogen peroxide, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate dentifrice upon quantitative changes in the sulcular microbial species Bacteroides melaninogenicus and in the gingival condition and plaque accumulation associated with periodontitis. Fifteen subjects from the Hampton Veteran's Administration Medical Center w e r e selected according to a standard criteria. Split mouth experimental design was used. One arch of each patient was assigned randomly to periodontal instrumentation. Half the mouth then was assigned randomly an experimental or a control dentifrice to be utilized once daily. culture analysis, the Gingival Index and the Plaque Index were performed initially to provide baseline data and at four and eight weeks. Intervals of two weeks provided review of home care procedures involved in the investigation. A two-way analysis of variance with alpha set at 0.05 was performed. Neither periodontal instrumentation nor home care regimen revealed a statistically significant difference.


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