Antibacterial property of few plants used as chewing stick-A review

AUTHORS : Kalita Chandana,MDS.(BHU),Ph.D.(GAU), Reader, Department Of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Regional Dental College, Guwahati (Assam)-781032, Saikia kumar Anjan, *MDS, Professor, Dept of Oral Pathology, Regional Dental College. Anzan_saikia@yahoo.com, Kasturi Saikia, 5th semester Bsc (Biotechnology) student, Amity university, Noida , New Delhi. Kasturisaikia19@gmail.com
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ABSTRACT :
Healthy environment of the oral cavity reflects the health of the oral tissues and teeth. Good oral health and healthy teeth results in overall health and well-being of our body. Apart from the impact on nutritional status, poor oral health can adversely affect speech and self-esteem and may lead to different dental diseases. The use of herbs and plants for cleaning teeth and treating different oral diseases has been practiced in India since time immemorial. The traditional toothbrush or chewing stick, known as datun, is used by different population of India. Pencil-sized sticks are fashioned from certain plant-parts and are chewed on one end until they become frayed into a brush. The brush-end is used to clean the teeth in a manner similar to the use of a toothbrush. Studies done on different parts of plants reported to have antibacterial property. As most of the oral diseases are due to bacterial infections and it has been well documented that medicinal plants confer considerable antibacterial activity against various microorganisms. This paper reviewed the finding relating to the studies of few plants. Keywors- Antibacterial, Extract, Chewing stick

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