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Evaluation of the Effect of Green Tea on Dental Caries and Composite Restorations

Hala Ibrahim Awadalla, Mostafa Hassen Ragab, Mohamed Taher Fayed, Mona Omar Abbas, Mohamed Waael Bassuoni.

Background :An increasing number of people all around the world are turning to the nature by using the natural herbal products in both prophylaxis and treatment of different diseases. Green tea with active chemical ingredients posses diverse pharmacological properties that include anti-inflammatory, anticariogenic, antioxidant and antibacterial effects.

Subjects & Methods: The researchers used the following measurments: Streptococcus Mutans count in saliva, Streptococcus Mutans count in plaque samples from margins of composite restorations and Gingival Bleeding Index (GBI). The above mentioned measurements were applied to a sample consists of 60 subjects divided equally into control and study groups where in control group they use the regular oral hygiene measurements only while in study group they applicate 2% green tea 3 times daily for 7 days (long term study). This experimental intervention study was carried in Azhar university clinic.

Objective: to assess the possible protective properties of green tea on oral health.

Results: The results of present study showed that there was a statistically significant difference among cases and controls concerning streptococcus mutans count in saliva, streptococcus mutans count in plaque samples from composite restoration margins and GBI.

Conclusion : This study supports the effectiveness of local application of green tea as antibacterial and anticariogenic material.

Key words: Green tea oral health

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