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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 14  |  Page : 26-32

Role of Bioflavanoids in the Management of Periodontal Diseases: An Overview

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Periodontal diseases are very common in all populations. It is an infection mediated destruction of tooth supporting tissues and it is caused by host originating substances released by host inflammatory cells and activated tissue cells. In order to improve the treatment success, to enhance host resistance rate, to decrease the recurrence rate of periodontitis, and to inhibit the biological and mechanical irritants involved in the progression of periodontitis, the ameliorative effects of herbal drugs on periodontitis have been effectively addressed by new functional drugs. Bioflavonoids are prominent natural antioxidants, free radical scavengers, in general they have not been associated with any consistent side effects. Excess intake is simply excreted in the urine as they are water soluble nutrients, and they are of recent research interest through its various therapeutic activities, demonstrating antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and a potentially valuable therapeutic tool for the treatment of variety of inflammatory conditions. Foods in this category contain natural ingredients that promote health by specific metabolic actions such as modulating the inflammatory response, inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, promoting healing, fortifying tissue integrity, and hindering malignant transformation. Thus it could be suggested that dietary supplementation of bioflavonoid may be used as a preventive agent in those subjects who have a susceptibility to periodontal disease.

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