In vitro antimicrobial activity of honey on mutans streptococci Acción antimicrobiana in vitro de la miel de abejas sobre los microorganismos cariogénicos estreptococos del grupo mutans

Salazar, L.A.; Barrientos, L; Medina, F; Donoso F.; Sanhueza, A


The aim of the present issue was to evaluate the antibacterial activity of four commercial honeys against mutans streptococci in schoolchildren with high risk of caries development. We have investigated 20 schoolchildren from Temuco city (Chile), aged 12 -14 years. Saliva samples were obtained by stimulation with solid paraffin. The count of mutans streptococci in saliva was estimated by microbiological method. The antimicrobial activity of honey was evaluated by dilution in TYCBS medium in 9 schoolchildren (>500.000 cfu/mL). Four concentrations of honey were used ranging from 5 to 35%. The presence of S. mutans was detected in 100% of schoolchildren. Our data shown that honey present high antimicrobial activity against S. mutans, being the dilutions at 30 and 35% that shown the better inhibitory effect (p<0.001). No differences between 4 honeys in relation to antibacterial activity were observed (p>0.05). In conclusion, our data showed that honeybees present in vitro antibacterial activity against S. mutans. However, future studies are necessary to characterize the honey components, responsible for this property.

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Título de la Revista: International Journal of Morphology
Volumen: 27
Número: 1
Editorial: Dr. Mariano Del Sol. Universidad de la Frontera, Chile.
Fecha de publicación: 2009
Página de inicio: 77
Página final: 82