Anticariogenic Properties of Terpenoids

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Carlos H. G. Martins, Sérgio R. Ambrósio, Rodrigo C. S. Veneziani, Antônio E. M. Crotti, Vladimir C. G. Heleno, Niege A. J. C. Furtado and Wilson R. Cunha
Universidade de Franca, Franca, SP, Brazil, and others

Series: Dental Science, Materials and Technology
BISAC: MED016000

Dental caries is a common oral bacterial pathology caused by a biofilm consisting of microorganisms adhered on the tooth surface, which may cause demineralization of tooth hard tissues and teeth loss. It has been experimentally demonstrated that Streptococcus mutans is responsible for the beginning of the caries process, being followed by other aerobic bacteria such as Enterococcus faecalis, Lactobacillus casei, Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus sanguinis, Streptococcus sobrinus and Streptococcus salivarius. In this new book the biological and chemical aspects of the terpenoids are described as well as the recent findings on their anticariogenic potential. (Imprint: Nova)

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ABSTRACT

1. PLANTS SECONDARY METABOLITES AND THE DISCOVERY OF NEW ANTICARIOGENIC COMPOUNDS

2. TERPENOIDS

3. CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF DITERPENES

4. ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF DITERPENES AGAINST CARIOGENIC GRAM-POSITIVE BACTERIA

5. ANTICARIOGENIC ACTIVITY OF DITERPENES FROM BRAZILIAN PLANTS

6. MECHANISTIC CONSIDERATIONS ON THE ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF DITERPENES

7. KINETIC AND SYNERGISTIC ASPECTS OF THE ANTICARIOGENIC ACTIVITY OF SOME ACID DITERPENES

8. CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES

9. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

10. REFERENCES

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