Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ISSN: 2581-4893)

Review Article Volume 4 Issue 10

Natural Antimicrobial Agents for the Prevention of Dental Caries: A Review

AKM Shafiul Kadir1*, Md Mahfuzur Rahman2, Farhana Faruque3, Tilottoma Mohona4 and Jannatun Naim Nipun5

1M.Phil. Fellow, Institute of Biological Sciences (IBSc), Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
2M.Phil. Research Fellow, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) and Lecturer, Marks Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
3American International University and Research Fellow, Department of Public Health, Northern University, Bangladesh
4MPH (In Course), Bangladesh Open University, Bangladesh
5Post Graduation Trainee, Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Dhaka Dental College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author: AKM Shafiul Kadir, M.Phil. Fellow, Institute of Biological Sciences (IBSc), Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Received: September 21, 2020; Published: September 29, 2020



  Among various oral and dental problems, dental caries is one of the most common problems. There are certain factors which initiate dental caries formation. Oral microorganisms are one of them specifically Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is an encapsulated gram- positive coccus which is and produces acid responsible for tooth decay. There are various treatment and prevention methods which are tested on dental caries but medicinal plants are found to be beneficial from ancient times. The current review focuses on different medicinal plants which can be used for the prevention of dental caries caused by Streptococcus mutans.

Keywords: Streptococcus mutans; Dental Caries; Medicinal Plants; Antibacterial Effect



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Citation: AKM Shafiul Kadir., et al. “Natural Antimicrobial Agents for the Prevention of Dental Caries: A Review". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.10 (2020): 115-117.


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