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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-51

Effect of pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms (streptococci and lactobacilli)

1 DJ College of Dental Sciences and Research, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 ITS-CDSR, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Sowmya Kote
DJ College of Dental Sciences and Research, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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To study the effect of pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms. A clinical trial was conducted on thirty healthy volunteers aged 25-30 years who visited Out Patient Department (OPD) of Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere during the month of October 2006. Before conducting the study, thorough oral prophylaxis was done and the subjects were asked to refrain from the oral hygiene procedures for 24 hrs. Dental plaque was collected from each subject, before and after rinsing 30ml of pomegranate juice without sugar. Plaque samples were cultured using Mitis Salivarius Agar and Rogosa SL Agar media. Wilcoxon's signed rank test was used for statistical analysis. Results showed that pomegranate rinse was effective against dental plaque microorganisms. There was a significant reduction in the number of colony forming units of streptococci (23%) and lactobacilli (46%). The ruby red seeds may be a possible alternative for the treatment of dental plaque bacteria.

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