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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-109

Glycyrrhiza glabra: Its role in dentistry

1 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/srmjrds.srmjrds_94_19

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Glycyrrhiza glabra has been used as medicine in Ayurveda and flavouring herb for more than 4000 years. It is reported to have antiviral, anticancer, anti-ulcer, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant,anti-malarial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, immune-stimulant, antithrombotic, anticonvulsant, anti-allergenic and expectorant activities. The presence of alkaloids, tannins, essential oils and flavonoids prevent the adherence of bacteria to the tooth surfaces, inhibit glucan production and have inhibitory effect on amylases. This paper presents a review of role of Glycyrrhiza glabra in dentistry.

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