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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 351-353

A review of antioxidants


1 Principal and Head, Department of Oral Medicine, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Dental College, Solapur, Maharashtra, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Dental College, Solapur, Maharashtra, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Dental College, Solapur, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
R S Birangane
Principal and Head, Department of Oral Medicine, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Dental College 19/1, Kegaon, North Solapur, Solapur, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10011-1167

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Antioxidants play the essential role in reducing the free radicals. Free radicals can cause various changes in human body from DNA mutation to cell death. Free radical formation form the biological basis of several medical problems including cancer. The antioxidants are useful in preventing the transfer of premalignant lesion to malignancy- Hence are usually prescribed in oral premalignant lesions like leukoplakia, lichen planus, oral submucous fibrosis. Antioxidants include beta carotene, carotenoid, vitamin C, vitamin E, trace elements like zinc and selenium. Functions of these antioxidants are discussed here.


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