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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Let nature do natural brushing





You heard about the old Indian method of using neem sticks to brush teeth before toothbrushes came on the market to maintain oral hygiene. Now a study says that the use of neem sticks reduces the number of oral bacteria in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus, thereby reducing the risk of inflammation in the body.

According to a study recently published in the Journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice by the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Department of Microbiology and Department of Endocrinology, neem stick acts as an effective antibacterial agent. Researchers measure monocyte chemotract protein-1 (MCP-1) in the blood, which is used as a marker to determine the level of inflammation in the body by measuring type-2 diabetes mellitus and oral bacteria in blood samples.

Eight patients with T2DM and 10 diabetic healthy individuals attending a tertiary care center in Chennai were selected for the study. Blood and saliva samples were collected from patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) to diagnose MCP-1 levels and oral bacteria one month before and one month after neem stick use. In those without diabetes, saliva samples were collected.

T2DM patients are asked to chew the corners of the neem, which acts as a bristle of the brush. The chewing process was asked to follow for 10 min. Patients were given the same type of neem stick from the same tree for one month.

Blood and saliva samples from T2DM patients were tested by a next-generation sequencing method, a new test method that can help detect multiple bacteria at once. The number of bacteria in the saliva of T2DM patients was found to be reduced after neem. For example, Streptococcus bacteria decreased from 1,22,533 to 23,452, followed by vanillonella from 52,024 to 2,804 and Haemophilus from 41,718 to 433. Some group bacteria not found in pre-neem specimens were found in small numbers but not in post-neem specimens.

Health control controls were compared with those obtained from post-T2DM neem and found to be similar. Also, the average value of the MCP-1 level before neem stick use was 265.81 and after use was 33.6.

Dr. Padma Srikanth, one of the authors of the study, said that neem has antibacterial action against oral bacteria. Also, the use of neem stick should also be studied extensively for a year to check whether it prevents diabetes problems.

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