International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 518

Review

Propolis and its potential uses in oral health

Abhishek Parolia
  • Abhishek Parolia
  • Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MCODS, Mangalore, India.
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Manuel S. Thomas
  • Manuel S. Thomas
  • Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MCODS, Mangalore, India.
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M. Kundabala
  • M. Kundabala
  • Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MCODS, Mangalore, India.
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Mandakini Mohan
  • Mandakini Mohan
  • Department of Prosthodontics, MCODS Manipal, India.
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  • Article Number - D9CD31B340
  • Vol.2(7), pp. 210 - 215, July 2010
  •  Accepted: 20 May 2010
  •  Published: 30 July 2010

Abstract

The health industry has always used natural products as an alternative, to the conventional allopathic formulations available for the treatment of various afflictions. Propolis, a natural antibiotic is a resinous yellow brown to dark brown substance that honey bees (Apis mellifera) collect from tree buds, sap flows, shrubs or other botanical sources to seal unwanted open spaces in the hive, protecting it from outside contaminants. The main chemical classes present in propolis are flavonoids, phenolics and other various aromatic compounds. Flavonoids are well known plant compounds that have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory proprieties. Propolis has been used in dentistry for various purposes and has a promising role in future medicine as well as in dentistry. This paper is an attempt to review various applications of this compound in dentistry.

Key words: Propolis, oral health.