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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 333-336

Antifungal activity of three commercially available mouthwashes against C. Albicans: In vitro study


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, UP, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Oral Medicine, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, UP, India
3 Ph.D, Dept. of Mycology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Puneet Gupta
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, UP
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Aim: The current study aimed at testing the various mouth washes commercially available in the market against Candida albicans, at full strength, in-vitro. Methodology: "Well diffusion" method was used for antifungal susceptibility test using Candida albicans (ATCC 10231) strain and three commercially available mouthwashes, namely 0.2% Chlorhexidine, 3% Potassium Nitrate and Listerine. The maximum zone of inhibition was measured at 24 hrs and 48hrs respectively, to know the antifungal effects. Results: Out of the 3 mouthwashes used, only chlorhexidine proved to be effective against Candida albicans. The other two mouthwashes did not show any antifungal action against the test organism. Conclusion: Despite the antifungal effects of Chlorhexidine, more investigations on different strains of C. albicans are required before recommending its clinical application.


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