Investigatory Project “ Kaymito Leaves Decoction as Antiseptic Mouthwash ”

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INVESTIGATORY PROJECT

“ KAYMITO LEAVES DECOCTION AS ANTISEPTIC MOUTHWASH ”

Submitted by:

Ronnel S. Pinote

I- INTRODUCTION

A. Background of the study

As an effective mouthwash is one that does not only make the breath fresh but also serves as an antiseptic. It should not simply mask the effective mouth odor caused by excessive activity of anaerobic bacteria inhabiting the mouth. There is a need to prevent the increase in the population.

B. Statement of the problem

A mouthwash is a solution in addition to regular oral hygiene methods such as brushing and flossing. Alternative mouth gargles can be prepared from locally available plants such as herbs and fruit bearing ones. Certain plant parts may have active ingredients that have antimicrobial activity. An example is the peppermint that contains essential oils found to be efficient in neutralizing mouth conditions and in freshening breath.

This study Aims to answer following questions:

• Is Kaymito leaves decoction can be effective mouthwash? • Is the peppermint that contains essential oils can be effective in neutralizing mouth conditions and in freshening breath?

C. Significance of the study

In this study the people will benefit because they can use it in the prevention of dental diseases and maintenance of the oral health and it can be used for preventing gums and oral infections.

D. Scope and Delimitation of the study

This study only tested the feasibility of using decoction prepared from kaymito leaves as mouthwash

II- REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

A. Review of Literature

Kaymito (chrisophyllum cainito) is a common angiosperm in tropical countries. This fruit-bearing tree has leathery oblong leaves that are dark green and glossy on the upper surface and golden brown on the underside, its fleshy fruits are among the favorites. To treat swollen gums, De Guzman-Ladion (1995) suggests to a gargle concoction from its leaves boiled with bayabas (guava), duhat(berry) and talong (eggplant) leaves .

Peppermint (Mentha cordifolia) is the most important commercial species of the mint family. The leaves contain oils that are distilled and used as flavoring in chewing gums, toothpaste, candy, and medicines. The oils are reported to cause the cool aftertaste and are used as raw materials for dentifrices, soaps, and perfumes.

B. Conceptual framework

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C. Hypothesis

I think that Kaymito as an antiseptic mouthwash will be effective.

D. Definition of terms

• Mouthwash- is a solution used in addition to regular oral hygiene methods such as brushing and flossing

• Kaymito- (in English: Starapple, scientific name Chrisophyllum cainito) is a common angiosperm in tropical countries. This fruit bearing tree has leathery oblong leaves that are dark green and glossy on the upper surface and golden brown on the underside,

• Peppermint- (scientific name: mentha cordifolia) is the most important commercial species of the mint family.

• Decoction- preparation made by boiling herbal matter in water for a period of time.

• Diffusion- the flow of energy or matter from a higher concentration to a lower concentration, resulting in a homogeneous distribution.

III- METHODOLOGY

A.

EXPERIMENTAL VARIABLE CONTROLLED VARIABLE

B.

INDEPENDENT VARIABLE DEPENDENT VARIABLE

C.

- The data was gathered by conducting an experiment.

D.

Four treatments were prepared and tested for their inhibitory effect against reproduction and colony growth of mouth bacteria.

Treatment # 1

- boiling cups of ground, fresh kaimito leaves in five cups of distilled water.

Treatment # 2

- 2 ½ cups of kaymito leaves in five cups of distilled water.

Treatment # 3 (which serve as a positive control, a proven herbal gargle from peppermint leaves)

- Adding five teaspoon of...
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