Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002674
Title: Comparative evaluation of antimicrobial efficiency of tea tree oil and chlorhexidine on Streptococcus mutans
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Streptococcus mutans is the most common organism causing dental caries. Various chemotherapeutic agents are available that help in treating the bacteria, with each having their own merits and demerits. Tea tree oil is extracted from Mehknca leaves (Myrtaceae family). Cineole is a skin-irritating substance and terpinen-4-01 is presumed to be the most important antimicrobial agent of the tea tree oil. The aim of the study is to evaluate the antimicrobial efficiency of tea tree oil and chlorhexidine (CHX) on S. mutans. Materials and Methods: The antibacterial activity of tea tree oil was screened against S. mutans using agar well diffusion assay, and the zone of inhibition was recorded. Result: In this present study, the inhibition levels of tea tree oil and CHX were tested with S. mutans. The inhibition is different at different concentrations. However, it may also be noted that CHX is found to be more potent than tea tree oil in the majority of the concentrations. Conclusion: Tea tree oil has a significant antimicrobial effect compared to controlled group. The tea tree oil was as effective as an anticaries mouthwash as CHX.

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    S. Jayakeerthana, R. V. Geetha*

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    Department of Microbiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: R. V. Geetha, Department of Microbiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    S. Jayakeerthana, R. V. Geetha*

    Title:Comparative evaluation of antimicrobial efficiency of tea tree oil and chlorhexidine on Streptococcus mutans
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2493-2495)
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    Methodology:Antimicrobial activity
    Research Materials:Tree tea oil

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Antimicrobial Streptococcus mutans Tree tea oil Zone of inhibition

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