Black Pepper has bactericidal activity against oral bacteria isolates. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Bactericidal activity of black pepper, bay leaf, aniseed and coriander against oral isolates.
Pak J Pharm Sci. 2006 Jul;19(3):214-8. PMID: 16935829
Full Citation: "Present investigation focused on antibacterial potential of aqueous decoction of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.), bay leaf (Laurus nobilis L.), aniseed (Pimpinella anisum L.), and coriander (Coriandum sativum L.) against 176 bacterial isolates belonging to 12 different genera of bacterial population isolated from oral cavity of 200 individuals. The disc diffusion technique was employed. Overall aqueous decoction of black pepper was the most bacterial-toxic exhibited 75% antibacterial activity as compared to aqueous decoction of bay leaf (53.4%) and aqueous decoction of aniseed (18.1%), at the concentration of 10