Use of phytotherapy in dentistry

Phytother Res. 2008 Aug;22(8):993-8. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2471.


Over the past decade, interest in drugs derived from medicinal plants has markedly increased. This study was aimed at a literature review focusing on studies investigating herbal drugs and other natural products, as well as their therapeutic application, side effects and possible drug interactions. Few studies were found to support their rational use in dentistry. Since there is an increasing use of phytotherapeutic agents in dentistry, further studies are needed to evaluate their safety and effectiveness for clinical use.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dentistry / methods*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*


  • Plant Extracts