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International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry

Antimicrobial Efficacy of Herbal Extracts

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Author Details: Zeenath Ambareen, Sapna Konde, Sunil Raj N, Kumar N C

Volume : 1

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2395-499X

Print ISSN : 2395-4914

Article First Page : 108

Article End Page : 113


Background and objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare extracts of ginger, garlic, aloe vera, neem, turmeric and sodium hypochlorite as root canal irrigants.

Methods: Freshly prepared extracts of ginger, garlic, aloevera, turmeric, neem and 2% sodium hypochlorite were used and compared against Enterococcus faecalis using the agar diffusion test. Agar plates were incubated at 370 C for 24 hours in an incubator. The diameter of bacterial inhibition zones around each well was recorded to the nearest size in mm.
Results and interpretation: Higher mean zone of inhibition was recorded in Sodium Hypochlorite followed by Garlic Extract, Neem Extract, Ginger Extract and Turmeric Extract respectively. The lowest mean zone of inhibition was found in Aloe Vera Extract.
Conclusion: There was no significant difference between the antimicrobial property of garlic extract and 2% sodium hypochlorite.
Keywords: Antimicrobial, Herbal extracts, Irrigants