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Department of Oral Biology Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Makassar, Indonesia

Asmawati Asmawati

Asmawati Asmawati
Department of Oral Biology Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Makassar, Indonesia. Email: asmaamin68@yahoo.com
Online First: October 30, 2011 | Cite this Article
Asmawati, A. 2011. Department of Oral Biology Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Makassar, Indonesia. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 10(3): 156-160.


Oral infections can be caused by the many microorganisms that occupy the oral cavity. Tongue is one of the
vulnerable areas of the oral cavity occupied by microorganisms, in which colonized bacteria may cause disease.
Mechanical tongue cleansing using tongue scraper can reduce anaerobic bacteria on dorsal of the tongue. The
objective of this study was to observe the difference of anaerobic bacteria amount on dorsal of the tongue before and
after mechanical tongue cleansing using tongue scraper. This was laboratory experimental study with sample
consists of 25 students selected by random sampling method. The results showed that the amount of bacteria is
decreased approximately 28% after tongue cleansing using tongue scraper. Based on the statistical analysis with ttest

on α=0.05, there is a difference on the amount of anaerobic bacteria on dorsal of the tongue before and after
mechanical tongue cleansing using tongue scraper.

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