Effectivity of Essential Oils on Chemical Control of Dental Biofilm and Caries Prevention

Cíntia de Fátima Buldrini FILOGÔNIO, Cláudia Valéria de Sousa Resende PENIDO, Rodrigo Villamarim SOARES, Roberval de Almeida CRUZ

Abstract


Introduction: Despite the decrease in the incidence of dental caries in the world population, due to the resources available for its control, an inadequate oral hygiene leading to accumulation of the dental biofilm is still a risk factor for this disease. The control of dental biofilm represents a basic procedure in the prevention of dental caries and periodontal disease. Currently, the use of brushes and toothpastes is almost universal and when good oral hygiene is practiced, even knowing that effective persistence in the brushing is uncommon, it is possible to obtain appropriate removal of the biofilm through different mechanical and chemical procedures. Clinical and scientific evidence supporting the use of essential oils in the oral health care has been described in the literature. The incorporation of oils in the toothpastes and mouthrinses aims to inhibit the biofilm development, through the reduction of the bacterial adherence to the acquired film.
Objective: the aim of this study was to update the knowledge of the use of essential oils as chemical agents in the control of dental biofilm.
Conclusion: the use of essential oils improve the control of dental biofilms and therefore of dental caries and periodontal disease prevention.

Keywords


Escovação dentária; Placa dentária; Dentifrícios; Óleos voláteis.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4034/pboci.v11i3.1486

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