Antibacterial Effects Of Green Tender Coconut Water (Cocos nucifera L.) As A Natural Root Canal Irrigation Material On The Growth Of Enterococcus faecalis In-Vitro.

Adinda Shafa Wardhana Lubis


Green coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is a plant that has many benefit for medication. Green coconut water has antibacterial effects because the presence of monolaurin, and chemical agent such as tannins, flavonoids, saponins, phenolic, and terpenoids. Enterococcus faecalis has been recognized as the most resistant pathogen in oral cavity, and commonly found in post-root canal treatment cases. The existence of E. faecalis which able to survive at extreme environment will lead to endodontic failure, so the elimination of E. faecalis is required. This study aimed to know the antibacterial effect of green coconut water (Cocos nucifera L.) to inhibit the growth of Enterococcus faecalis by an in-vitro study. This study is an experimental laboratory with  post-test only control group design; consisted of 3 control group of coconut water, such as natural, pasteurized and fermented coconut water, Chlorhexidine as positive control and Aquades as negative control with 5 times repetition. Before the inhibition test began, phytochemical tests were performed on the green coconut water to identify flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, saponins, phenolic, terpenoids and steroids agents. The green coconut water phytochemical test showed only positive value on flavonoid, meanwhile  for alkaloids, tannins, saponins, phenolic, terpenoids and steroid has shown negative value. The diffusion test revealed only positive results in the fermented coconut water group at 2nd, 3rd and 4th repetitions, and positive control group at all repetitions. The study has concluded that the green coconut water showed no effect to inhibit the growth of Enterococcus faecalis thoroughly.

Keywords: Green Coconut Water, Root Canal Irrigation Solution, Enterococcus faecalis


Green Coconut Water, Root Canal Irrigation Solution, Enterococcus faecalis

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