Date: 18 Feb 2010

Stevia and sucrose effect on plaque formation

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Abstract

An in vivo study was done by measuring the accumulation of dental plaque after rinsing with a solution of 10% sucrose four times daily during 5 days and comparing it with a rinsing of 10% solution of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni four times a day, during 5 days a week. The accumulation of dental plaque after rinsing with Stevia was 57, 82% less than under rinsing with sucrose as measured by the Silness-Löe index and 10, 40% less plaque when measured by O’Leary index of plaque.

S. M. B. de Slavutzky was an undergraduate student of Dentistry at the time of the research for this study (1994).