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Dent Mater. 2000 Nov;16(6):452-5.

Antibacterial effect of silver-zeolite on oral bacteria under anaerobic conditions.

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Department of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8553, Japan. kawahara@hiroshima-u.ac.jp

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the antibacterial effect of silver-zeolite (SZ) against oral bacteria under anaerobic conditions.

METHODS:

The antibacterial activity of SZ was evaluated by determining the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) using two-fold serial dilutions of SZ in Brain Heart Infusion broth. Release of Ag+ into the broth was measured by an atomic absorption technique.

RESULTS:

SZ inhibited the growth of the bacteria tested under anaerobic conditions. The MIC of SZ ranged between 256 and 2048 micrograms/ml, which corresponded to a range of 4.8-38.4 micrograms/ml of Ag+. All strains grew in broth containing 16,384 micrograms/ml of type-A zeolite.

SIGNIFICANCE:

These results suggested that SZ may be a useful vehicle to provide antibacterial activity to dental materials used even under anaerobic conditions such as deep in the periodontal pocket.

PMID:
10967196
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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