The Determination of Salivary Zinc Level Following Delivery from Zinc Containing Toothpaste

Authors: Atilla ÖZDEMİR, Ahmet SAYAL, Eralp AKÇA, Ahmet AYDIN

Abstract: The effect of zinc salts is defined by several studies. The aim of this study is to investigate how the short period toothbrushing with equal volumes of a toothpaste containing 0.75% zinccitrate effects the salivary zinc levels over a period of 7 hours. In our study a significant increase in zinc measurements was observed 5 minutes after toothbrushing. Although 7 th hour measurements were higher than 0 hour measurements; these values were found approximately similar to intial control measurements. This result shows that the amount of zinc passed by toothpaste to saliva completely disappeared at the end of 7 th hour. It's thought that by brushing the teeth within time period will increase the effect of the toothpaste.

Keywords: Zinc, toothpaste, saliva.

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