Role of Medicinal Plant Species in Oral Health Sector

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


Medicinal plants have played a dominant and extensive role in the discovery of less expensive, more potent and reliable source of drugs against oral diseases. The continuous use of synthetic chemical substances in dentistry has shown off-target toxicities; this has necessitated the discovery of some alternative medicine with least side effects and high efficiency. Emergence of resistance towards the present antibiotics and the immunodeficiency has prompted researchers to discover novel drug leads against numerous diseases. Broad biological effects such as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, antifungal and antioxidant activity has been demonstrated by herbal medicines used in the treatment of oral diseases. Plants are used in the maintenance of oral hygiene by various means, which includes nourishing oral health, combating and prevention of oral diseases. Hence, the use of medicinal herbs for improvement of oral health and dental hygiene is a marked advantage of these herbal formulations.


Medicinal plants Antimicrobial Anti-inflammatory Analgesic Medicinal herbs Gingivitis Infection 


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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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