This work investigated the effects of Garcinia
kola (bitter kola) on the
normal flora of the mouth. Two methods were adopted in this work. In the
first method, the bacterial load of saliva samples collected after chewing Garcinia
kola for days 1-5 decreased
drastically when compared to bacterial load from saliva samples collected
without chewing G. kola.
ln method two, Garcinia kola extract
was obtained and impregnated on filter paper discs. These were used for
sensitivity testing on samples collected from early morning mouth swabs of
the volunteers. Various sizes of zones of inhibition were obtained and
measured. The various results obtained from this research work, methods,
1and 2, showed that bitter kola possesses properties that reduces the
bacterial load (normal flora: Streptococcus
spp, Staphylococcus spp, Morexelle spp
and Neisseria spp) of the mouth.