Miswak: An Alternative Approach to Traditional Oral Hygiene Care
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Dental professionals recommend many methods such as tooth brushing, flossing and mouth rinse in order to maintain healthy teeth and gingival tissue. Patient compliance is crucial in implementing these three steps in an oral care and may be challenging to many patients. A simple regime requires a toothbrush and toothpaste, and still proves to be difficult for patients. Chlorhexidine is prescribed to patients who have abundant amount of biofilm, or even for just chronic gingival inflammation. This rinse carries many side effects and can be avoided by using another method to keep the oral cavity healthy. An alternative such as Miswak, is an effective natural tool, a solution to maintaining oral health and overcome the gold standards drawbacks. Miswak has been used as a toothbrush by the Babylonians since 7000 BC. Studies have extensively shown that Miswak contains several components that benefit the oral health, including analgesic, antiplaque, antifungal, anticariogenic, and antimicrobial properties. Studies suggests that the individuals who use Miswak sticks have less biofilm than those patients who use regular toothbrushes. Comparing the efficacy of Miswak to a toothbrush was evaluated and associated with a significant reduction of dental biofilm and gingivitis. Based on the patient’s preference, Miswak comes in different forms such as a mouth rinse that carries the effectiveness as if using the chewing stick. Overall, Miswak is an inexpensive oral hygiene regime, and can be a great recommendation for individuals who are eager for a natural and simple approach to incorporate in their oral health care.
Mirakhmedov, Maria; Laredo, Sarah; Nguyen, Anh Vu Tram (2020). Miswak: An Alternative Approach to Traditional Oral Hygiene Care. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from