African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4875

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria

T. Durai Anand*, C. Pothiraj, R. M. Gopinath and B. Kayalvizhi
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - 21CA7A911094
  • Vol.2(3), pp. 63-66, March 2008
  •  Accepted: 12 February 2008
  •  Published: 31 March 2008

Abstract

The effect of oil-pulling on the reduction of total count of bacteria was determined. There was a remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria. The process of oil-pulling reduced the susceptibility of a host to dental caries. The in-vitro antibacterial activity of sesame oil against dental caries causing bacteria was determined. Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus were found to be moderately sensitive to the sesame oil.

 

Key words: Antibacterial activity, Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilu.

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