FORMULATION, EVALUATION AND ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES OFPOLYHERBAL TOOTHPASTE
Objective: The present study was aimed to formulate and evaluate polyherbal toothpaste using commonly available medicinal plants in Malaysia in order to treat oral problems.
Methods: Polyherbal toothpaste containing methanolic extract of pomegranate, lemon and mango peels was formulated and tested for antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa with different concentrations of toothpaste were used (100, 250 and 500 mg/ml).
Results: Among all the tested bacteria used Staphylococcus aureus was found to be most sensitive to the formulated toothpaste as seen by zone of inhibition (10-15 mm) followed by Escherichia coli (9-12 mm), Bacillus cereus (7-12 mm) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9-11). The formulated polyherbal toothpaste was successfully evaluated using different standard parameters to ensure its quality and physiochemical properties.
Conclusion: The results showed that the formulated polyherbal toothpaste is promising antimicrobial effects against both gram positive and gram negative organisms. It may be safer compared to fully synthetic toothpaste. Further studies are warranted to prove safety and efficacy of the formulated polyherbal toothpaste.
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