Establishing and maintaining clinically healthy gingivae in Rhesus monkeys
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2005
Journal of Clinical Periodontology
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 260–263, August 1979
How to Cite
Caton, J. (1979), Establishing and maintaining clinically healthy gingivae in Rhesus monkeys. Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 6: 260–263. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.1979.tb01928.x
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2005
- Accepted for publication: May 16, 1979.
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Abstract The aim of the present investigation was to determine a method and a minimal frequency of plaque removal for the establishment and maintenance of clinically healthy gingivae in Rhesus monkeys. Six adult, male monkeys were used and divided into three groups. In each group different methods were used for plaque removal. Frequencies of plaque removal of one, two and three times per week for consecutive weeks were tested. The results showed that gingival health could be established and maintained with any of the methods used (toothbrushing and interdental flossing: toothbrushing and a 3-min application of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate) but only when plaque was removed 3 times a week. This frequency of plaque removal sessions is discussed in relation to the necessity for sedation of the animals with possible adverse side effects.