Pedro Cesar Gomes Titato; Rafaela Fernandes Zancan; Victor Feliz Pedrinha; Flaviana Bombarda de Andrade; Rodrigo Ricci Vivan & Marco Antonio Hungaro Duarte


The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the influence of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) associated with the benzalkonium chloride (BAK) on the adhesion and formation of Enterococcus faecalis biofilms attached to coated dentin. Discs standard bovine dentin blocks were treated with the coating materials evaluated: Saline solution (control), 17 % EDTA, 17 % EDTA associated with 1 % BAK for 5 minutes and subsequently washed with saline solution. Afterwards, biofilms of E. faecalis (ATCC 29212) were grown on the surface of coated dentin blocks for time intervals of 1 hour and 7 days (n = 20) and were subsequently washed with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Bacterial viability and total biovolume were analyzed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) using the Live/Dead technique. Nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis followed by Dunn tests were used to determine statistical differences (a = 5 %). The 17 % EDTA + 1 % BAK group showed significantly lower biovolume and bacterial viability values at the end of 1 hour (p < 0.05). After 7 days of contamination, the 17 % EDTA and 17 % EDTA + 1 % BAK groups showed similar results that differed statistically from those of the control group (p < 0.05). The saline solution group showed higher values. The use of BAK associated with EDTA on dentin blocks surfaces before exposure to contamination was able to interfere in the adhesion of E. faecalis to dentin. Also, dentin treatment by BAK associated with a chelating agent influences the secondary biofilm formation, which could have important effects on the long-term success of root canal treatment.

KEY WORDS: benzalkonium compounds, biofilms, chelating agents, Enterococcus faecalis.

How to cite this article

TITATO, P. C. G.; ZANCAN, R. F.; PEDRINHA, V. F.; ANDRADE, F. B.; VIVAN, R. R. & DUARTE, M. A. H. Influence of EDTA and its association with benzalkonium chloride on Enterococcus faecalis adhesion to dentin. Int. J. Odontostomat., 14(4):632-638, 2020.