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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31-39

Phytotherapeutics in conservative dentistry & endodontics -a review

Mahatma Gandhi Dental College & Hospital, Pondicherry, India

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Borthakur Bikash Jyoti
Mahatma Gandhi Dental College & Hospital, Pondicherry
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.42602

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In this age of high technology, Phytotherapeutics influence the daily life of million of people around the world. More often, it had been largely ignored; some of these practices have found places in today's medical & dental knowledge. Identification & isolation of "Digoxin" from Digitalis lanata, "Reserpine"from Rauwalfa serpentina, "Vincrystin "and "Vinblastin "from Catharanthus rosea," Gutta percha "from Palaquiam species. "Eugenol "from Svgygium aromaticum are some of the examples. Recently there have been trends of regaining faith & increasing awareness on natural products. In Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, variety of dental materials & medicaments are being used originated from plants. This paper tries to trace out the natural roots of different dental materials & medicaments used in our specialty which will not only help us to know the accurate source of such ingredient but also help us to explore the possibilities of developing indigenous & economic dental materials & medicaments.

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