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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-23

An In-vitro Evaluation of the Effect of Anti-candidal Herb (Olive) on Streptococcus Mutans

1 Department of Community Dentistry, Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Vadodara, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Goenka Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

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Harshal Prakash Bafna
Department of Community Dentistry, Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2393-8692.158905

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Aim: The aim was to evaluate the antimicrobial effect of olive extracts on Streptococcus mutans in in-vitro conditions. Materials and Methods: An in-vitro experimental study was conducted in a laboratory setting. Ethanolic extract of olive was prepared separately by cold maceration technique. The extract was then diluted with an inert solvent, dimethylformamide, to obtain five different concentrations (2%, 4%, 6%, 8%, and 10%) of each. 0.2% chlorhexidine was used as a positive control and dimethylformamide was used as a negative control. The different extracts, along with controls, were then subjected to microbiological investigation to determine, which gave a wider zone of inhibition against S. mutans. The zone of inhibition was measured in millimeters. Results: Olive extract presented the largest zone of inhibition of 33 mm at the concentration of 8%. Conclusion: Ethanolic extract of olive demonstrated antimicrobial activity against S. mutans.

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