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Hamdini Hamid; Rabia’tul Aulia; Rasmidar Samad (2011)
Publisher: Hasanuddin University
Journal: Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: tongue coating, tongue scraper, anaerobic bacteria., Dentistry, RK1-715
Many microorganisms have been found colonizing the dorsum of tongue. To prevent infection and development of other pathologies in oral cavity, tongue cleaning has been advocated to reduce the amount of coating and microorganism loading in the mouth. The aim of this study is to find out the impact of tongue cleaning using tongue scraper against tongue coating index and anaerobic bacterial colony count on tongue dorsum. This study was carried out on 24 male and 16 female participants aged 11 to 17. Tongue coating index was used to assess tongue coating and tongue samples were taken to count the bacterial colony. The result showed that there is a significant difference tongue coating index (Wilcoxon Signed Rank test, p=0.000) and amount of anaerobic bacteria colony (tpaired test, p=0.007)before and after using tongue scraper. In conclusion, tongue scraper can reduce tongue coating index and there was significant difference in anaerobic bacteria colony count before and after using tongue scraper.
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