Comparative Effect of Chewing Sticks and Toothbrushing on Plaque Removal and Gingival Health
The purpose of the proposed study is to compare the effect of chewing sticks (Miswak) and the toothbrushes on plaque removal and gingival health.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Efficacy of the Miswak Chewing Sticks (Salvadora Persica)on Plaque Removal and Gingival Health: Randomised Clinical Trial|
- Miswak is useful for removing plaque and preventing gingivitis [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Miswak will be compared to toothbrush as a mechanical plaque control device, by calculating plaque index and gingival index scores for participants after 6 weeks of use.
|Study Start Date:||March 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Miswak, dental plaque and gingivitis||
Procedure: Salvadora persica
twice daily use, two minutes interval
|Active Comparator: Toothbrush, dental plaque and gingivitis||
Twice daily use two minutes interval
Dental plaque removal is essential in maintaining oral health. Methods for oral hygiene vary from country to country and from culture to culture. The use of a wood stick (miswak or chewing stick) for brushing the teeth is considered an important tool for oral hygiene care in many Afro-Asian communities. The aim of the study is to compare the effect of the chewing stick (miswak), and toothbrushing on plaque removal and gingival health. The participants comprise 18 healthy Saudi Arabian male volunteers aged 21 to 30 years, at Taibah University in Saudi Arabia. The study was designed as a single, blind, randomized split-mouth study. Professional tooth cleaning was conducted, and after six weeks use of either the miswak or toothbrush on each quadrant, modified plaque and gingival indices, were recorded.
|Faculty of Dentistry Taibah University|
|Almadinah, Saudi Arabia, 04|
|Principal Investigator:||Tareq AS Abu Saleh, MSc, MRD||Assistant professor in Periodontics, Taibah University|