THE DIFFERENCE IN GINGIVAL INDEX BETWEEN LEFT-HANDED AND RIGHT-HANDED PATIENTS BEFORE AND AFTER PERIODONTAL SCALING

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Dr Ujala Mushtaque
Dr Rumaisa Tariq
Dr Aisha Naveed
Dr Bashair Rangoonwala
Dr Adeela Saif
Dr Hadiqa Fatima

Keywords

Gingival Index, Left- or right-handedness, Oral Hygiene, Periodontal Index, Periodontal treatment, Scaling

Abstract

Objective


Patients’ motivation and self-care are essential for professional periodontal therapy, as it is effective for removing bacterial plaque from tooth surfaces. The primary goal of the research was to determine how the gingival indices of left- and right-handed patients differ before and after periodontal scaling.


Methods


A cross-sectional study with one hundred patients who were referred to the Department of Periodontology at Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan was conducted. Two main types of patients were selected one who used their left hand and the other who used their right hand. Pocket depths, mean gingival and plaque indices were recorded along with gingival diseases.


Results


In the study of the right hand, patients with gingival disorders were found to be significantly higher. These findings suggest a possible link between handedness and gingival issues. The findings emphasize the importance of enhancing gingival health by implementing specific interventions to improve oral hygiene habits and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.


Conclusion


The findings showed that the ideal gingival health is compatible with left-handed individuals as they have better oral hygiene. Dentists can prevent the harmful consequences of using only one hand (right or left) by encouraging their patients to use both hands while performing oral hygiene procedures.

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