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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 808-814

Chitosan in dentistry


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

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Aishwarya Singh
P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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Chitosan is derived from chitin which is present in skeleton of crabs, shrimps and cell wall of fungi. Chitosan possesses properties which makes it beneficial to dentistry Chitosan mainly exerts antifungal, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, anticancer, antiplaque, antitartar, hemostatic, wound healing,and inhibits the growth of cariogenic bacteria. It is used mainly in the form of rinses; chewing gums and toothpastes. The applicability of chitosan in the field of preventive dentistry should be further explored. The present article highlights properties and effects of chitosan on oral diseases which might be advantageous in the field of public health dentistry.


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