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Title: In vitro antimicrobial effects of extracts of freshly cut and 1-month-old miswak (chewing stick).
Authors: Almas, K.
Al-Bagieh, N.
Akpata, E.
Keywords: In vitro; antimicrobial effects; chewing sticks (miswak extract; age of miswak
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Faculty Press
Citation: Biomedical Letters; 56: 145-149
Abstract: Miswak (Salvadora persica) is commonly used in Saudi Arabia and other middle Eastern countries as an oral hygiene tool. The purpose of tnls study was to evaluate the effect of freshness 'On the antibacterial action of 1, 5, 10 and 50% concentrations of miswak extract which were tested against six different microbes, using the blood agar ditch plate method. After 48 h. of incubation there was no difference in antibacterial effect of freshly cut and 1-month old miswak. At 50% concentration the extract was effective in inhibiting streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus sanguis find $treprococus faecalis, producing an inhibition lone of 2-7 mm. At 5 and 10% concentrations the extract was effective only against Streptococcus faecalis. It is concluded that miswak Salvadora persica has an antibacterial effect at higher concentration and, there is no difference in the antibacterial effects of fresh and 1 month-old miswak.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14337
ISSN: 0961-088X
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