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Ethnomedicinal Herbs Used in Oral Health and Hygiene in Coastal Dakshina Kannada

Manjula Shantaram, Maji Jose, B Bhagya

Citation Information : Shantaram M, Jose M, Bhagya B. Ethnomedicinal Herbs Used in Oral Health and Hygiene in Coastal Dakshina Kannada. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2011; 5 (3):119-123.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-5-3-119

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 00-09-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.



The present study was conducted to document the ethnomedicinal practices followed for oral health and diseases by people of Dakshina Kannada (DK) district, and to suggest that the traditional knowledge should be integrated with modern dental care practices to formulate their sustainable utilization.


An ethnomedicinal survey was conducted using specific questionnaire subsequent to personal interview to collect information from traditional healers, local inhabitants, ayurvedic practitioners and botanists on the use of medicinal plants in oral care practices.


This study identified 32 species belonging to 29 genera and 20 families, commonly used by the people of DK region to maintain oral health and hygiene and as remedy for dental diseases.


Valuable ethnomedicinal practices are fast disappearing from rural population. New generation is ignorant of this traditional knowledge. So measures should be taken to document them and to increase the awareness among youngsters. This study will also be useful for the pharmacologists to isolate the active principles of these plants and incorporate it into the modern healthcare practices for easier and cheaper oral health treatments.

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