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The anti-microbial effect of bromelain from Ananas Comosus against Streptococcus spp..

Myra Charmane T. Arocena,
Eva Marie V. Gustilo,
Fernilyn E. Jacildo,
Aura Luz C. Nebres,
John Lord M. Ruanto,
Erwin-Martin P. Cabusas

Despite the many advances in the field of dentistry, dental caries is still a major problem. However, there is a rising trend in its prevention through the use of natural sources. One such source is the pineapple fruit, from which the enzyme bromelain can be utilized for various purposes. In this study, bromelain was extracted from pulverized pineapple stems and cores through the cold percolation technique. This was then streaked onto four Petri dishes with cultured Streptococcus spp., with filtered tap water and commercially available mouthwash serving as negative and positive controls, respectively. After an incubation period of 18 hours, the commercially available mouthwash was found to have the most susceptibility to the growth of Streptococcus spp. On the other hand, the bromelain sample exhibited no zone of inhibition, leading the researchers to conclude that it may provide no anti-microbial effect against Streptococcus spp.

Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
DMD
Specialization
Dentistry
Publication Date
March 2014

Objectives

To test the effectiveness of bromelain extract as ant-microbial agent against Streptococcus spp.

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