Clinical Applications of Catechin in Dentistry : A Review


Affiliations

  • The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Peadiatric Dentistry Unit, Centre for Family Oral Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Kuala Lumpur, 50300, Malaysia
  • The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Faculty of Pharmacy, Kuala Lumpur, 50300, Malaysia

Abstract

Studies on plant and food phytochemistry and its potential benefits to human health are becoming the focus of the research community. Researchers are turning to alternatives drugs in treating human diseases using natural products from plants and foods. Polyphenols are one of the largest groups in the plant family and consist of many subgroups. One of them is catechin, which is generally acknowledged to be part of a compound in tea. Over the years, investigations have shown that catechin has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In dentistry, documented evidence have shown the use of catechin in treatment of dental caries, periodontal disease, pulp pathology, and oral cancer. Other crucial areas of research include advancements in dental material incorporated with catechin. This review article explores the current studies on the potential use of catechin in dentistry.

Keywords

Catechin, Dentistry, Dental Caries, Periodontal Disease, Oral Cancer

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