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Quintessence Int 27 (1996), No. 8     1. Aug. 1996
Quintessence Int 27 (1996), No. 8  (01.08.1996)

Page 569-584


A clinically viable index for quantifying denture plaque
Jeganathan / Thean / Thong / Chan / Singh
A denture plaque index using the dye disclosing method was evaluated in 24 patients with Type II denture stomatitis and 17 control subjects with healthy palatal mucosa. Patients with denture stomatitis had statistically significantly higher plaque scores than did controls, indicating a quantitative increase in denture plaque in patients with denture stomatitis. When this plaque index was tested by two examiners for intraexaminer and interexaminer reproducibility, it yielded a 92% to 96% reproducibility. The plaque index used in this study seems to satisfy the criteria for an ideal clinical index: It is simple, reliable, reproducible, and economical and can be carried out in the shortest possible time in a clinical setting.