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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-49

An in-vitro evaluation of antibacterial property of calcium hydroxide in different vehicles*


1 Former PG student, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical college, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
2 Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical college, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
3 Former Professor, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical college, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
4 Assistant Professors, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical college, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-7212.347430

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Non setting calcium hydroxide pastes are commonly used in endodontic practice. The desired therapeutic effect of such a paste is influenced by the vehicle used to make the paste. This investigation attempts to evaluate and compare the antibacterial action of calcium hydroxide pastes prepared with two conventionally used vehicles, namely, comphorated monochlorophenol and distilled water and also an experimental vehicle, propylene glycol. The results of this study indicate that a paste of calcium hydroxide made with propylene glycol exerts significant antibacterial action. Hence it can be considered for use as an intracanal medicament in preference to a paste prepared with a tissue toxic phenolic compound like comphorated monochlorophenol.


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