Miswak vs. manual toothbrush

Begum, Umama (2013) Miswak vs. manual toothbrush. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Effective plaque removal on a daily basis is required to maintain health in the oral cavity. Miswak is a herbal chewing stick prepared from the roots, twigs or stems of Salvadora persica (Salvadoracae) and widely used in Middle Eastern and Eastern African cultures. The objective of the literature review was to compare the effectiveness of miswak against the more conventional manual toothbrush in removing dental plaque. Studies that compared plaque removal with miswak and a manual toothbrush were sourced from PubMed, Cochrane reports, Wiley, Web of Knowledge and Science Direct with certain inclusion and exclusion criterias. The aim of the review was to determine if one was more effective at plaque removal than the other. In conclusion it is evident that further research is required in this area to compare the effectiveness of each method. Overall the evidence suggests that Miswak is effective at removing plaque when used in conjunction with a manual toothbrush.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Portsmouth Dental Academy
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 16:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13679

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