Clinical Oral Investigations

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 909–913 | Cite as

Clinical and antibacterial effect of an anti-inflammatory toothpaste formulation with Scutellaria baicalensis extract on experimental gingivitis

  • Nicole Birgit ArweilerEmail author
  • Gregory Pergola
  • Jana Kuenz
  • Elmar Hellwig
  • Anton Sculean
  • Thorsten Mathias Auschill
Original Article


It was the aim of the study to evaluate the clinical and antibacterial effect of a dentifrice containing an anti-inflammatory plant extract (SB) versus a placebo (PLA) using an experimental gingivitis model. Forty subjects (20 per group) discontinued all oral hygiene measures for four teeth for a period of 21 days using a shield (to generate a possible gingivitis) while they could brush the other teeth normally. After brushing, the shield was removed and teeth were treated with the randomly assigned toothpaste slurry for 1 min. Löe and Silness gingival index (GI), Silness and Löe plaque index (PI), and biofilm vitality (VF%) were assessed at days 0, 14, and 21, respectively. Subjects of the PLA group developed a GI of 0.82 ± 0.342 (day 14) and 1.585 ± 0.218 (day 21), while the data of the SB group were significantly reduced (0.355 ± 0.243 and 0.934 ± 0.342, p < 0.001). While PI was significantly reduced at all follow-up appointments, reductions in VF reached the level of significance only at day 21. The results suggest that the new toothpaste formulation was able to significantly reduce the extent of gingivitis, plaque development, and vital flora.


Experimental gingivitis Inflammation Dentifrice Plaque Biofilm vitality Clinical trial 



This study was financially supported by Colgate-Palmolive, New York.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. This study was financially supported by Colgate-Palmolive, New York. Colgate-Palmolive has financed the direct costs of this experiment, including limited financial compensation to the participating subjects. Design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of the study were independent of Colgate-Palmolive. The authors have not received any financial support or compensation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Birgit Arweiler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gregory Pergola
    • 2
  • Jana Kuenz
    • 2
  • Elmar Hellwig
    • 2
  • Anton Sculean
    • 3
  • Thorsten Mathias Auschill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PeriodontologyPhilipps-UniversityMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Dental School and Hospital FreiburgAlbert-Ludwigs-UniversityFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of PeriodontologyUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland

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