Abstract
 
 

ABSTRACT

Introduction: General health depends on the oral health. A vast majority of synthetic antimicrobial agents were developed to control oral infections. Side effects and drug resistance of these antimicrobial agents became barrier in successful treatment. Global scenario is now changing toward the use of nontoxic and eco-friendly products. Medicinal plant extracts are emerging as alternative to synthetic drugs.

Aim: This in vitro study evaluated antimicrobial activity of leaf extracts of Moringa, Laxmitaru, Mullatha, and Communist paccha against Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans.

Materials and methods: Ethanolic leaf extracts of Moringa, Laxmitaru, Mullatha, and Communist paccha were prepared. E. faecalis and C. albicans were cultured on agar plates and leaf extracts were added. The plates were incubated at 37°C for 24 hours. Ethanol was used as positive control. Agar well diffusion test was performed and zone of inhibition was calculated in millimeter. Result was analyzed statistically.

Results: Ethanolic extract of Mullatha leaf showed maximum zone of inhibition followed by Moringa, Laxmitaru, and Communist paccha against E. faecalis and C. albicans respectively

Conclusion: Study suggested the use of leaf extracts of Moringa, Laxmitaru, Mullatha, and Communist paccha as endodontic irrigant and as antifungal agent in oral candidal infections.

Keywords: Antimicrobial activity, Candida albicans, Communist paccha, Enterococcus faecalis, Laxmitaru, Moringa, Mullatha.

How to cite this article: Jeeva PP, Gopinathan AS, Lalithamma JJ, Zarina R, Sibi AS. Evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity of Leaf Extracts of Moringa, Laxmitaru, Mullatha, and Communist Paccha against Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans: An in vitro Study. Int J Prev Clin Dent Res 2018;5(1):11-14.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None

 
 
 


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