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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 580-585

Propolis - A natural remedy for oral health care


1 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, M.P, India
2 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, M.P, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, M.P, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, M.P, India

Correspondence Address:
Rohit Agrawal
P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, M.P
India
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Currently the use of natural products as an alternative to the conventional allopathic formulationsavailable for the treatment of various diseases is in focus. Propolis, a natural remedy is a resinous yellowbrown to dark brown substance that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, shrubs or other botanicalsources to seal unwanted open spaces in the hive, defending it from outside contaminants. The mainchemical classes present in propolis are flavonoids, phenolics and other various aromatic compounds.Flavonoids are well known plant compounds that have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant andanti-inflammatory proprieties. Different commercial propolis products are available in market. Propolis hasbeen used in dentistry for various purposes and has a promising role in future medicine as well as indentistry. This paper is an attempt to review various uses of this compound in dentistry.


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