J Dent Res Dent Clin Dent Prospects. 2017;11(4): 265-274.
doi: 10.15171/joddd.2017.046
PMID: 29354255
PMCID: PMC5768961
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Propolis: A natural biomaterial for dental and oral healthcare

Zohaib Khurshid 1, Mustafa Naseem 2, Muhammad S Zafar 3,4* ORCID logo, Shariq Najeeb 5, Sana Zohaib 6

1 Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry,King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Preventive dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Dar-Al-Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Al Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia
4 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Dental Materials, Islamic International Dental College, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
5 Private Dental Practitioner, Restorative Dental Sciences, Canada
6 Department of Biomedical Engineering, King Faisal University, Al-Hofuf, Saudi Arabia


The field of health has always emphasised on the use of natural products for curing diseases. There are varieties of natural products (such as silk, herbal tea, chitosan) used today in the biomedical application in treating a large array of systemic diseases. The natural product “Propolis” is a non-toxic resinous material having beneficial properties such as antimicrobial, anticancer, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory; hence gain the attention of researchers for its potential for bio-dental applications. The study aims to explore the properties and chemistry of propolis concerning biomedical and dental applications. In addition, status and scope of propolis for current and potential future in bio-dental applications have been discussed. This review gives an insight to the reader about the possible use of propolis in modern-day dentistry.
Keywords: Antimicrobial, dentistry, natural biomaterials, oral health care, propolis, restorations
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Submitted: 13 Jul 2017
Revision: 02 Aug 2017
Accepted: 07 Aug 2017
ePublished: 07 Aug 2017
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