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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 94-96

Efficacy of Indigenous, Unconventional Biosorbents in Defluoridation of Standard Water − An In Vitro Study


1 Public Health Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, Dr Z A Dental College AMU Aligarh, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, Dr Z A Dental College AMU Aligarh, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, Dr Z A dental college AMU Aligarh, India
4 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Jankidevi Bajaj Science College, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
5 Microbiologist, Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Nehru medical college, DMIMS, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_46_16

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Introduction: Several adsorbents have been tried in the past to find a proficient and cost-effective defluoridating agent. Many of the methods have some precincts because of the low adsorption capacity, poor integrity and need for pre-treatment. Aim: To evaluate the efficacy of three natural, low-cost, household-level products to remove fluoride from standard water. Materials and Methods: In this in vitro study, a standard solution of fluoride and a known weight of tulsi leaves, drumstick leaves and tamarind seed powder was prepared and analysed for changes in fluoride level and pH level on treatment at baseline, after 6 h and after 24 h. Results: Amongst the three plants, Tamarindus indica was found to be more effective in defluoridation showing a reduction up to 0.18 parts per million. Conclusion: Amongst the aforementioned three plants, tamarind seed powder was the domestic material with the best defluoridation property.


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