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Rezaie E, Bayani M, Arjomandzadeganmmad M. The Inhibitory and Antibacterial Effects of Peppermint Essential Oil on Periodontal Photogenes. J Arak Uni Med Sci 2020; 23 (2) :172-183
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1- Dentist in Private Practice, Arak, Iran.
2- Department of Periodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran. , afr_na_sa@yahoo.com
3- Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Tuberculosis and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Research Center, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran.
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With the addition of fluoride, the prevalence of dental caries has decreased, but many groups in the community still have dental caries [1]. Periodontal disease is one of the most common infectious diseases [4] and the spread of dental biofilm causes these diseases [8]. The compounds used in the treatment of periodontal disease usually have side effects, in addition to benefits [11]. Recently, plant compounds have been considered to reduce oral bacterial biofilms [12, 13]. One of these plants is peppermint whose effects on treatment of cold as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties have been reported. It has also been shown to have fewer side effects [14, 15]. Due to the importance and high prevalence of periodontal disease and the observed increase in cases of antibiotic resistance and side effects of overuse of chemical drugs, this study was conducted to investigate the possible antibacterial properties of peppermint on a number of microorganisms involved in periodontal disease.

Materials and Methods

The present study was a laboratory experiment. Fresh peppermint was prepared from the Medicinal Plants and Drugs Research Institute of Shahid Beheshti University, and was then traditionally washed several times with water. It was then dried in a dark place away from sunlight at a temperature of 24+2° C for a week and then milled. Alcoholic and aqueous extraction methods were performed. Various dilutions were prepared from the extract. Essential oil was extracted using Clevenger apparatus. Experiments were conducted on 4 standard bacteria purchased from the microbial bank of Iran, including Enterococcus Faecalis, Streptococcus Sanguinis, Eikenella corrodens, and Actinomyces Viscosus. The diffusion disc method was used for testing microbial susceptibility to the essential oil after microbial suspension preparation [14, 15]. 

Microdilution method was used to determine the microbial susceptibility, and culture method and MTT assay were used to determine the minimum bactericidal concentration. The analysis of the adhesion strength of biofilm in the microplate and the inhibitory effect on biofilm formation at different concentrations by optical density measurement were read by Elisa Reader. In order to perform the biofilm test, the biofilm was placed in triplicate and the amount of biofilm was obtained by calculating the average biofilm of these three wells and comparing it with negative control.


The diameters of non-growth inhibition zones related to different concentrations of peppermint essential oil (in millimeters) are shown in Table 1.

The 0.1 g/ml peppermint essential oil had an inhibitory effect on the growth of enterococcus faecalis and streptococcus sanguinis. Results showed the strongest effect of pure plant essential oil on streptococcus sanguinis and its weakest effect on eikenella corrodens. The effect of 1 g/ml peppermint essential oil on the growth of enterococcus faecalis is shown in Figure 1, as a sample.

Actinomyces viscosus did not grow up to well No. 5 (3.125 mg/ml concentration of essential oil), and the rest of the bacteria did not grow up to well No. 6 (1.562 mg / ml concentration of essential oil). 

Actinomyces viscosus was inhibited to grow at concentrations ≥3.125 mg/ml and other bacteria at concentrations ≥1.562 mg/ml of peppermint essential oil. The optical density in the biofilm inhibition test for different concentrations of peppermint essential oil is shown in Table 2.

The bacterium actinomyces viscosus did not form biofilm up to well No. 4 (at concentrations ≥3.125 mg/ml) and other bacteria up to well No. 3 (at concentrations ≥12.5 mg/ml).


Pure essential oil of peppermint showed the strongest inhibitory effect on streptococcus sanguinis followed by enterococcus faecalis, actinomyces viscosus and eikenella corrodens. The strongest bactericidal effect of peppermint essential oil was on eikenella corrodens followed by actinomyces viscosus, streptococcus sanguinis,and enterococcus faecalis. Moreover, its strongest inhibitory effect on the process of biofilm formation was observed in actinomyces viscosus followed by enterococcus faecalis, eikenella corrodens, and streptococcus sanguinis. In a study on the antibacterial effect of peppermint on the two strains of streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mutans, the minimum inhibitory concentration and the minimum bactericidal concentration were investigated [16], and the results were consistent with the results of the present study.

In another study, the measurement of the non-growth inhibition zone diameters of Escherichia coli bacteria, aeromonas hydrophila, Staphylococcus aureus, and enterococcus faecium was performed after using peppermint essential oil [17] whose results were in agreement with our results. Another study showed that the combined extract of peppermint and mango plants reduced the bacterial adhesion of Streptococcus mitis and streptococcus sanguinis [19].


The limitations of the study were the low number of study strains, the difficulty of culturing some pathogens, and the lack of similar human studies. However, this study can be a guide for further studies in human simulated models and In Vivo studies. It was concluded that peppermint plant has antibacterial properties on the bacteria of enterococcus faecalis, streptococcus sanguinis, eikenella corrodens, and actinomyces viscosus, and also has inhibitory effect on them. Therefore, peppermint as a natural and effective antibacterial agent, has a potential application in the prevention of periodontal disease.

Ethical Considerations

Compliance with ethical guidelines

This study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of Arak University of Medical Sciences with code: IR.ARAKMU.REC.1397.15.


This research did not receive any grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or non-profit sectors. 

Authors' contributions

All authors met the writing standards based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Conflicts of interest

The authors declared no conflict of interest.


The authors would like to thank the Deputy for Research of Arak University of Medical Sciences for their financial support.



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Type of Study: Original Atricle | Subject: Basic Sciences
Received: 2019/10/13 | Accepted: 2020/02/1

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