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2023 Speakers

K R Aneja

K R Aneja, Speaker at Plant Science Conferences
Kurukshetra University, India
Title : Treatment/prevention of dental caries through the herbal plants and commercial mouth washes


Dental caries (derived from the Latin word -"caries" which stands for decay) also referred to as tooth decay or cavities, are decayed areas of the teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. It is a term that refers to both the disease and the resulting lesion. It is caused by a combination of factors, mainly tooth -adherent cariogenic (decay-causing) bacteria, primarily Streptococcus mutans that makes acids in your mouth, which attack the tooth 's surface or enamel. It is one of the most common oral health problems in the world. Almost 100% of adults are affected by dental caries.Bioactivity of different parts of 3 herbal plants (Amomum subulatum, Elettaria cardamomum and Sapindus mukorosi) was evaluated by agar well diffusion against three bacterial (Streptococcus mutans, Staphylococcus aureus and Lactobacillus acidophilus)and two fungal (Candida albicans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae) pathogens causing dental caries . The objective was to search for novel natural extract/s with the potential to cure/prevent dental caries. For extraction, 3 organic solvents (e.g. ethanol, methanol and acetone) and aqueous (hot and cold water) were used for each plant part. The zone of inhibition produced by an extract against a pathogen, both bacteria and yeast) was used as a parameter for the antimicrobial activity. The antimicrobial activity was found to be variable in different solvents as well as different parts against the 5 tested pathogens. Lactobacillus acidophilus was found to be resistant to all the tested extracts. Antimicrobial activities in 10 mouth washes and 15 tooth pastes tested against dental caries pathogens revealed Hexidine as the most effective mouth wash followed by Chlohex and Triguard. Synergistic bioactivity of purified extracts, tooth pastes, mouth washes and saliva against the tested pathogens suggests that the a novel product/tooth paste could be exploited commercially to protect/ treat oneself from the dental caries.


Dr. Aneja got BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra. He has a vast research and teaching experience of 38 years in Botany, Microbiology and Biotechnology. He joined the teaching faculty at the same Institute and served as Professor and Chairman for 11years. He is the recipients of many Awards and Fellowships, the major one’s are INSA-Royal Society Academic Exchange Fellowship, Best Citizens of India, Rashtriya Gaurav and ISWA lecture awards, 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award and President of the Mycological Society of India in 2013; Recorder of ISCA; and Shiksha Rattan Samman, an Unnat Bharat Shewa Shree Award in 2023. He supervised 23 PhD students, published 176 research papers/ reviews and authored/edited 14 books and 2 manuals published by International (03) and National (13) publishers of repute. He served as the Governor's/Chancellor's nominee for Teacher's selection at Punjabi university, Patiala. Currently, he is a Member of the Research Advisory Committee of ICAR Weed Research Centre, Jabalpur, M.P, India and Expert Member of the ICFRE, Dehradun

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