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Courtney E. Vannah



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Streptococcus mutans is the most prominent cariogenic bacteria in the oral cavity due to strong adhesion properties. Reducing the leading cariogenic bacteria in dental caries is important for the longevity of natural teeth. The anti-adhesion effects from cranberry derivatives could be helpful in reducing the amount of S. mutans. This literature review aims to determine whether cranberry extract based mouth rinse is effective in reduction of the S. mutans bacterial load. Current evidence seems to indicate that cranberry derivatives in mouth rinses can effectively reduce numbers of this specific bacterium in the oral cavity. As a result, cranberry extracts in non-dialyzable material (NDM) form could potentially be an alternative to antibiotic mouth rinses including chlorhexidine rinse.

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Dental Hygiene


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Cranberry Extract’s Potential To Reduce Streptococcus Mutans



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