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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-28
In vitro evaluation of antibacterial activity of an herbal dentifrice against Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus


1 Department of Microbiology, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Loyara, Udaipur - 313 011, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Zoology, University College of Science, ML Sukhadia University, Udaipur - 313 011, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Botany, University College of Science, ML Sukhadia University, Udaipur - 313 011, Rajasthan, India

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Kanika Sharma
Department of Botany, University College of Science, ML Sukhadia University, Udaipur - 313 011, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.38928

PMID: 18245920

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Antibacterial activity of a herbal dentifrice Arodent™ against Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus was evaluated using Colgate® as standard. Both bacterial strains were isolated from the oral cavity on selective media and identified by standard methods. The antibacterial activity was assayed by cup-well method. The bacterial lawn of facultative anaerobe S. mutans was established between two layers of agar under microaerophilic conditions. Five and a half millimeters and 10 mm zones of inhibition were produced by Arodent against S. mutans and L. acidophilus , respectively, under microaerophilic conditions. On the other hand, the standard dentifrice Colgate produced 5.83 mm and 10.17 mm zones of inhibition against S. mutans and L. acidophilus , respectively, under microaerophilic condition. The results suggest that Arodent is an effective antibacterial herbal dentifrice.


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