Phase I therapy is the first step in the treatment of periodontal diseases. However, Scaling and root planing (SRP) alone was found to be of limited efficacy especially in certain unapproachable areas, hence use of an adjunct to SRP has been advocated. In past, chlorhexidine has been used as an adjunct to SRP successfully and is considered as gold standard. Recently, use of commercially available BLUE®M gel (high level oxygen releasing formula) has been advocated in the field of Periodontology.
The objective of the present study was to compare and evaluate the efficacy of Chlorhexidine gel and Blue®m gel as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal therapy (SRP) in ≤ 5mm periodontal pockets, with regard to its clinical effectiveness and bactericidal properties.
Materials and Methods: A total of 20 Patients of chronic periodontitis with pocket probing depth ≤ 5mm were divided into control group1: (SRP + chlorhexidine gel) and test group 2 (SRP + blue®m gel). Standardized periodontal parameters including Gingival index (GI), pocket probing depth (PPD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) were measured at baseline & 1 month respectively. Total bacterial count was assessed semi quantitatively at baseline and 1 month.
Result & conclusion
To summarise with, two of the gels i.e chlorhexidine gel and Blue®m gel can be used as an reliable option or alternative to SRP, in the present study Blue®m gel has shown to be fairly and coequally effective when compared to the chlorhexidine gel in treating periodontal pockets with mild to moderate depths.