Antibacterial Activity of Flaxseeds Extracts on Streptococcus mutans: In Vitro Study
Natural products including plants had been used as a source for many antimicrobial components, now there is increasing interest for developing such components because of being non-chemical and non-synthetic. Flaxseeds have been long used in traditional medicine as it has antimicrobial effect. The present study tended to examine the antimicrobial effect of flaxseeds oil and aqueous extracts on Streptococcus mutans in comparison with chlorhexidine. For this purpose, flaxseeds extracts was first processed; then ten iterations was done for agar diffusion test in which wells was loaded with the test agents and diameter of inhibition zones was calculated, and then ten iterations was done for testing the effect of flaxseeds extracts on the acidogencity and adherence of Streptococcus mutans on extracted teeth surface. The results showed that both flaxseeds extracts (oil and aqueous) exhibited antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans, showed an increase in this activity as the concentration of extracts increased and also showed effectiveness in inhibition the adherence and acidogencity of Streptococcus mutans. In conclusion, flaxseeds extracts can be an effective approach for dental caries prevention.