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AAM. 2012; 1(4): 140-143

A review of Curcumin in reference to its use in oral diseases

Pavitra Rastogi, Vishal Anand, Minkle Gulati, Nand Lal, Jaya Dixit, Rameshwari Singhal.


Turmeric has been in use for thousands of years as a dye, flavouring and a medicinal herb. Ancient Indian medicine has touted turmeric as an herb with the ability to provide glow and lustre to the skin as well as vigour and vitality to the entire body. Since turmeric has antimicrobial, antioxidant, astringents and other useful properties, it is quite useful in dentistry also. Curcumin, the most active polyphenolic constituent, is the active ingredient in the traditional herbal remedy and dietary spice turmeric and is obtained from the rhizome Curcuma longa with a range of beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity. The pleiotropic activities of curcumin derive from its complex chemistry as well as its ability to influence multiple signalling pathways. The objective of this article is to highlight various uses of turmeric in the dental field.

Key words: Curcumin, turmeric, herbal medicine, dental infection, periodontal disease

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