Health proponents have been utilizing the fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree as medication to a number of disorders; specifically because of its anti-mutagenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral features. A recent research undertaking published at the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has now revealed that an ethanol extract from the same drupe (EETC) could prevent both periodontal afflictions and tooth resorption.
The oral bacteria restraining attribute was reached at following an assessment procedure based on the disc diffusion approach. The experimentation also entailed scrutiny on the molecular structures of dental plaque bacteria (DPB) cells after insertion of EETC, a procedure that ultimately uncovered the extract’s anti-inflammatory impact. The cell-breakdown inhibition characteristic was determined via pit formation assays on tooth samples.
EETC proved to be quite an effective annihilator to oral bacteria growth, while it also restrained the production of inflammatory proteases and the induction of bone resorption. Therefore, EETC may be an advantageous alternative to enhance the conventional medication employed in treating DPB mediated ailments.