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Chitin in Nature and Technology

pp 507-512

Chitosan in Dentistry

  • P. L. SapelliAffiliated withFaculty of Medicine, University of Ancona
  • , V. BaldassarreAffiliated withFaculty of Medicine, University of Ancona
  • , R. A. A. MuzzarelliAffiliated withFaculty of Medicine, University of Ancona
  • , M. EmanuelliAffiliated withFaculty of Medicine, University of Ancona

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Abstract

While the proposed uses of chitosan in medicine are numerous (1 – 7), no applications in dentistry have been reported so far. This might be due to the characteristics of the oral cavity, where various bacteria are constantly present and where lysozyme, a chitin degrading enzyme, occurs in the salivary secretion.