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Gupta P.,Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center | Kumar A.,Agra College
Fluoride | Year: 2012

This paper presents a comparison of the fluoride content of fifteen bottled water and two tap water samples in Agra, a major tourist city in Uttar Pradesh, India. The source of the bottled and tap water is groundwater pumped from bore wells. The fifteen brands of bottled water purchased from shops in the city had fluoride levels ranging from 0.45 to 0.86 mg/L. The two tap water samples from north and south locations had fluoride levels of 1.6 and 1.7 mg/L. © 2012 The International Society for Fluoride Research Inc.

Deshwal V.K.,Doon PG Paramedical College | Agarwal S.,Institute of Foreign Trade and Management IFTM | Ahmad Z.,Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center
Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology | Year: 2011

Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus (CNS) strains were isolated from hospital personnel and hospital environment. Total 320 samples were taken from skin, anterior nares, nails, finger tips, stethoscope, floor, door handle and catheter. Samples were spread on Mannitol Salt agar Medium and one Staphylococcus culture from each sample was select for further study. Isolated CNS strains were characterized according to Bergey's manual of determinative bacteriology. Results suggested that five types of CNS strains-Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus hominis, Staphylococcus haemolyticus, Staphylococcus sp. were isolated from hospital personnel and hospital environment and 24.68% strains were Coagulase negative staphylococcus (CNS). Maximum (CNS) strains were present in anterior nares and it was 42.5%. CNS was also present in skin (22.5%), nails (30%), finger tip (27.5), stethoscope (27.5), floor (15%), door handle (20%) and catheter (12.5).

Dahiya P.,Himachal Institute of Dental science and Research | Kamal R.,HP Government Dental College | Saini G.,BK Civil Hospital | Agarwal S.,Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center
Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine | Year: 2012

A case of peripheral ossifying fibroma (POF) in the mandibular gingiva of a 17-year-old male is described. The lesion was asymptomatic, firm, pink, and present on the lingual alveolar mucosa interdentally between 43 and 44. Radiographic investigations revealed no significant findings. Excisional biopsy was performed for the lesion. Microscopic findings confirmed the diagnosis of POF.

Jyoti B.,Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied science | Devi P.,Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center
Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases | Year: 2013

Context: On the cusp of the fourth decade of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome epidemic, the world has turned the corner - it has halted and began to reverse the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Oral fluid-based Rapid tests have potential advantages over blood-based tests hence the time is ripe for their use to scale up HIV screening and testing programmes. Aims and Objectives: To detect HIV using oral mucosal transudate (OMT) and to assess the sensitivity and specificity of the HIV Rapid test using OMT. Settings and Design: OraQuick Rapid HIV-1/2 Diagnostic test was evaluated in sera and oral fluids from 83 subjects. Materials and Methods: The study group comprised of 50 HIV seropositive subjects and the control group comprised of 33 seronegative subjects. Serum samples were collected using the standard phlebotomy technique and oral samples were collected using OraQuick Rapid HIV 1/2 Antibody test OMT collecting device. Statistical Analysis Used: The statistical analysis was done using statistical package for social sciences version 16.0, SPSS Inc., 233 South Wacker Drive, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-6412. The Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value were used. Results: All the subjects who tested either positive/reactive or negative/non-reactive with Western blot/enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) produced similar results with Rapid test using OMT in study, our study also revealed that the subjects whether on anti-retroviral therapy or not had 100% sensitivity and specificity with the Rapid test using OMT. Conclusions: The Rapid test using OMT is highly accurate as the diagnostic efficacy in our study was 100% for HIV antibody detection and produced similar results to that of conventional Western blot/ELISA tests.

Gupta P.,Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center | Agarwal N.,Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center | Anup N.,Jaipur Dental College | Manujunath B.C.,Jaipur Dental College | Bhalla A.,Jaipur Dental College
Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences | Year: 2012

Introduction: The growing field of alternative medicine has shown that dentifrices based on plant extracts are available in the market but there is little or no research to prove or refute the efficacy of dentifrices containing combination of herbal components. Aim: The study was conducted to evaluate the anti-plaque efficacy of a commercially available Meswak containing dentifrice compared to the conventional dentifrice using a randomized, triple blind, parallel design method. Materials and Methods: A total of 350 subjects were selected. All the subjects (aged 13-54 years) were given the test dentifrices, packed in plain white color-coded tubes. The subjects were instructed to brush their teeth twice daily for 2 min with the allocated dentifrice. The total study duration was 4 weeks. Plaque scores were recorded at the baseline, 2 weeks and 4 weeks respectively, using the Turesky modification of the Quigley Hein Plaque Index. Results: The results showed that there were significant differences in the reduction of plaque by the herbal dentifrice, Meswak (Salvadora persica) on intra-group and inter-group comparison. Conclusion: It was concluded that further research is required to know the dental benefits of herbal products being incorporated into the commercially available dentifrices.

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