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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 457-460

Evaluation of antibacterial activity of Calotropis gigentica against Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus: An in vitro comparative study

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Government Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry, NIMS Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Martha Mandal's NGH Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, NIMS Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
5 Department of Oral Pathology, Raja's Dental College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
6 Private Practitioner, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Meenakshi Sharma
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Government Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.168809

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Background: This study was conducted to evaluate in vitro antibacterial potential of ethanolic extract of Calotropis gigentica. Materials and Methods: The inhibitory effect of the ethanolic extract was tested against Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli casei by using disc diffusion method. Results: Ethanolic extract of Calotropis gigentica showed 16 mm and 14 mm of minimum inhibition zone at 1.25% concentration for S. mutans and lactobacilli, respectively. Conclusion: Calotropis gigentica was found to effective against S. mutans and lactobacilli.

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