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Indian Journal of Dental Education

Volume  8, Issue 2, Apr-Jun 2015, Pages 83-85


Review Article

Cinnamon: A Miracle Tree in Dentistry
Akhilanand Chaurasia
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral medicine & Radiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George Medical University, Lucknow-226003 Uttar-Pradesh (India).
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DOI: DOI: 10.21088/ijde.0974.6099.8215.5

Medicinal plants are important for pharmacological research and drug development. About one fifth of all the plants found in India are used for medicinal purpose. Cinnamon also known as Cinnamomum verum is a small evergreen tropical tree, 10-15 meters tall belonging to the family lauraceae native to Sri Lanka and south India. Cinnamon has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic activities. However in dentistry till date few studies have been conducted to access antimicrobial, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic property of cinnamon. It has great potential to be used in treatment of oral candidiasis, oral precancerous lesions and conditions, Vesicobullous lesions, Recurrent Aphthous stomatitis and other oral disorders. However more studies and research is needed to prove the therapeutic potential of cinnamon in treatment of oral diseases.

Keywords: Cinnamon; Lauraceae; Medicinal Plants. 

Corresponding Author : Akhilanand Chaurasia