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J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2014 Jul;18(4):428-32. doi: 10.4103/0972-124X.138678.

Punica granatum: A review on its potential role in treating periodontal disease.

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Department of Periodontics, MES Dental College and Hospital, Perintalmanna, Mallapuram, Kerala, India.


A wide variety of plants possess enormous treasure of medicinal value. Majority of these medicinal plants have been used to treat various systemic conditions successfully. Over the recent years, use of these medicinal plants has resurfaced to treat oral conditions. Among the oral conditions, periodontal disease remains one of the most common. Alternative and preventive options has become the need of the hour in order to overcome the adverse effects of the antimicrobial agents used in large as an adjunct to mainstream periodontal treatment. Punica granatum (Pomegranate) is one of the oldest edible fruit which has a long history as a medicinal fruit. This review is an attempt to highlight the potential of Punica granatum as a preventive and therapeutic aid to periodontal disease.


Gingivitis; Periodontal therapy; Periodontitis; Pomegranate; Punica granatum

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