Ancient Science of Life

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Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 208-

Pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms


Somsri Wiwanitkit, Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

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Somsri Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House,Bangkhae, Bangkok
Thailand




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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms.Ancient Sci Life 2012;31:208-208


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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms. Ancient Sci Life [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Jul 30 ];31:208-208
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Sir,

A recent report on pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms is interesting. [1] Kote et al. concluded that "pomegranate rinse was effective against dental plaque microorganisms. [1]" To use pomegranate juice in real clinical practice, there are other considerations also. Primarily, the clean juice preparation process is crucial. Even though juice has antibacterial activity, if it is contaminated with pathogenic organisms, it would be problematic. [2] There are always possibilities on contamination if there is no good hygenie or processing followed. Pathogens from hands can contaminate the pomegranate fruit during handling. A recent report indicated that human norovirus could contaminate in pomegranate juice and survive at refrigeration. [3] Nevertheless, the adding of the additives (such as sugar) into the juice must be controlled/monitored. Although pomegranate is the fruit that has the hypoglycemic property, there are considerable amount of sugar detectable within the pomegranate's flesh. [4] Finally, the pomegranate allergy is already mentioned in the literature. [5] Practitioner should also keep these factors in mind before use in clinical practice.

References

1Kote S, Kote S, Nagesh L. Effect of pomegranate juice on dental plaque microorganisms (streptococci and lactobacilli). Anc Sci Life 2011;31:49-51.
2Dhembare AJ, Uphade BK, Dalimbe SN, Tambe DS. A review: What we are eating and drinking nowadays, think repeatedly. Indian Stream Res J 2011;1:V.
3Horm KM, D'Souza DH. Survival of human norovirus surrogates in milk, orange, and pomegranate juice, and juice blends at refrigeration (4°C). Food Microbiol 2011;28:1054-61.
4Medjakovic S, Jungbauer A. Pomegranate: A fruit that ameliorates metabolic syndrome. Food Funct 2012.
5Damiani E, Aloia AM, Priore MG, Nardulli S, Ferrannini A. Pomegranate (Punicagranatum) allergy: Clinical and immunological findings. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2009;103:178-80.