Antimicrobial action of natural substances on oral bacteria

Bull Tokyo Dent Coll. 1989 Aug;30(3):129-35.


The antimicrobial action of natural substances was investigated in vitro against oral bacteria including Streptococcus sp., Actinomyces sp., Actinobacillus sp., Bacteroides sp., Capnocytophaga sp., Eikenella sp., Fusobacterium sp. and Propionibacterium sp. Among the natural substances tested, hinokitiol was the most inhibitory to oral bacteria. Cinnamon bark oil, papua-mace extracts, and clove bud oil in spice extracts were also inhibitory against many oral bacteria. Egg white lysozyme exhibited antimicrobial action against the periodontitis associated bacteria.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / drug effects*
  • Condiments*
  • Humans
  • Magnoliopsida*
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Plant Extracts