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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 351062, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/351062
Review Article

Does Propolis Help to Maintain Oral Health?

1Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Wrocław Medical University, 50425 Wrocław, Poland
2Division of Dental Materials, Faculty of Dentistry, Wrocław Medical University, ul. Krakowska 26, 50425 Wrocław, Poland
3Department of Oral Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, 41902 Bytom, Poland

Received 9 December 2012; Accepted 22 December 2012

Academic Editor: Wojciech Krol

Copyright © 2013 Włodzimierz Więckiewicz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Propolis, known also as bee glue, is a wax-cum-resin substance which is created out of a mix of buds from some trees with the substance secreted from bee's glands. Its diverse chemical content is responsible for its many precious salubrious properties. It was used in medicine already in ancient Egypt. Its multiple applications during the centuries have been studied and described in details. The purpose of this study is to present the possible use of propolis in treatment of various diseases of oral cavity in their dental aspect. The paper presents properties and possible applications of bee glue depending on dental specialities. An overview of publications which appeared during the recent years will allow the reader to follow all the possibilities to apply propolis in contemporary dentistry.