The Antibacterial and antifungal Action of the Chios Mastic Essential Oil.
E.E Protopapa, V Spiliotis, V. Kefala, A. Triantafyllou, J Tsaknis.
Technological Educational Institution, Athens & Laboratory og Biologikal Chemistry, University of Athens Medical School.
The effect of Chios mastic essential oil on the growth of nine bacteria (m. Luteus, S. epidermis, B. subtilis, S. aureus, E. Coli, S. Mutans, V. alcalencens, V. parulla and l. casei) and three fungi ( C. albicans, A. maelundi and A. odontolyticus) was tested in cultures in a minimal concentration inhibition assay. Bacteriostatic effects were observed on M. Luteus, S. epidermis, B. Subtilis, S. Aureus, E. Coli, and V. alcalencens and antifungal effects on C. albicans and A. maelundi. The bacteriostatic and antifungal effects of the mastic oil on A. maelundi and V. alcalencens, respectively, microorganisms which are present in the mouth flora, could be correlated with the observed effects of mastic chewing gum on reducing dental plaques and mouth infections.