ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF FRUIT JUICES ON ORAL BACTERIAAbstract
To determine the Antimicrobial activity of fruit juices on the bacterial flora of mouth. The study is done to analyze whether the fruit juices helps in reducing the oral bacterial count which is constantly increasing. Fruits and vegetables are the main sources for essential nutrients. They also have a series of bio active components which have multiple effect on human general health. One such effect is, its Antimicrobial activity. More than 700 species of bacteria, fungi and parasites are present in the oral cavity as commensals. Among the fruit juices which are frequently consumed are apple, pomegranate and guava exhibit have an inhibitory effect on the oral bacterial flora and prevent them from causing dental caries and other oral lesions. The study is done using natural crude extracts of the fruit juices. After extraction they were sterilized by autoclaving at 1210c for 30 minutes. This is to mimic the natural environment of the mouth when the fruit juices are consumed. The study helps in better understanding the antimicrobial effect of fruit juices on the oral flora.
S. Kritivasan * and N.P. Muralidharan
Department of Microbiology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
18 July, 2016
08 September, 2016
13 September, 2016
01 January, 2017