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Antibacterial Efficacy of Neem, Triphala, Green Tea, and Combination of Neem with Triphala Extract against Enterococcus faecalis: An in vitro Study

Neha Saini, Abhinav C Singhal, Aditi S Jain, Jayesh Tiwari, Pratik Surana

Citation Information : Saini N, Singhal AC, Jain AS, Tiwari J, Surana P. Antibacterial Efficacy of Neem, Triphala, Green Tea, and Combination of Neem with Triphala Extract against Enterococcus faecalis: An in vitro Study. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2017; 6 (2):65-67.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10029-1158

License: CC BY 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Introduction

The main objective of root canal treatment is to disinfect the entire root canal system, and irrigation is an important step in reducing the bacterial load from the root canal system. However, irrigants currently used in the field of endodontics have their share of limitations, and the search for an ideal root canal irrigant continues. The use of herbal extracts as endodontic irrigants is today gaining popularity.

Aims and objectives

To evaluate and compare the antimicrobial potential of herbal extracts, such as neem (Azadirachta indica), triphala (Terminalia chebula), green tea (Camellia sinensis), and combination of neem and triphala as endodontic irrigants against Enterococcus faecalis.

Materials and methods

Freshly prepared extracts of neem, triphala, green tea, and 2% chlorhexidine were used to assess the antimicrobial efficiency against E. faecalis using the agar well 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

Higher mean zone of inhibition was recorded in chlorhexidine followed by neem extract and combination of neem and triphala than triphala and green tea extract respectively. The lowest mean zone of inhibition was found in green tea extract.

Conclusion

From the present study, it can be concluded that neem leaf extract shows comparable zones of inhibition with that of chlorhexidine and combination of neem and triphala.

How to cite this article

Singhal AC, Jain AS, Tiwari J, Surana P, Saini N. Antibacterial Efficacy of Neem, Triphala, Green Tea, and Combination of Neem with Triphala Extract against Enterococcus faecalis: An in vitro Study. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2017;6(2):65-67.


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