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Introduction

  • Khalid Rehman Hakeem
  • Waseem Mohammed Abdul
  • Mohd Muzzammil Hussain
  • Syed Shoeb Iqbal Razvi
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Abstract

Oral health plays a profound role in maintaining overall well-being of individual in diverse ways. Lack of proper oral health leads to the development of various disorders and ailments. The use of traditional and herbal medicine has gained reputation worldwide due to its low cost and reduced side effects. Despite the fact that medicinal plants were used since time immemorial in treatment of many diseases, the characterization of bioactive targets and molecular studies have been carried out recently. Applications of the herbal medicine are in the limelight which is quite interesting and could give a new direction to drug discovery. Oral deformities have become a significant issue of discussion around the globe besides exerting a marked economic burden on many countries. Oral pathogens invade the oral cavity and destroy it by forming a plaque. The use of various medicinal plant-based oral formulations has found to be beneficial in maintaining oral health specifically and overall health in general. The oral health care products obtained and registered in the clinical trials have been listed in this manuscript. The lack of proper oral care and negligence in visiting the dentist are the primary reasons of diminished oral health.

Keywords

Medicinal plants Oral health Oral diseases Traditional medicine Oral pathogens Dental caries Oral hygiene 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khalid Rehman Hakeem
    • 1
  • Waseem Mohammed Abdul
    • 1
  • Mohd Muzzammil Hussain
    • 2
  • Syed Shoeb Iqbal Razvi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.MNR Dental CollegeNTR Health UniversityVijayawadaIndia
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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