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VOLUME 17 , ISSUE 11 ( November, 2016 ) > List of Articles


Study of Caries Prevalence among Miswak and Non-Miswak Users: A Prospective Study

Zaid AlJeaidi, Wafa Hassan AlAajam, Kawthar Ahmed Dafaalla Mohammed

Citation Information : AlJeaidi Z, AlAajam WH, Mohammed KA. Study of Caries Prevalence among Miswak and Non-Miswak Users: A Prospective Study. J Contemp Dent Pract 2016; 17 (11):926-929.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1955

Published Online: 01-03-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).



Various types of oral hygiene measures have been practiced by different populations around the world, as there is difference in the oral hygiene products including toothpicks and toothpowders. Miswak or tooth cleaning stick, for mechanical tooth cleaning, can be traced back at least to pre-Islamic times. Currently, many of the world populations still use chewing sticks as the single method for tooth brushing. The present study was done to study the incidence and prevalence of caries among Miswak and non-Miswak users.

Materials and methods

The study was done consisting of 120 cases and 120 control group (60 boys and 60 girls in each group) from the secondary school. The materials used were light, explorer, mirror, gloves, upper and lower teeth models, Miswak, and common toothbrush.

After the recording of the primary data, Miswak was given to case group and the students were trained to use it on the teeth models.

After 2 years, the examination of the teeth was done using the same method as before start of the study and by the same investigators. All the data were recorded, tabulated, and analyzed with the help of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) statistics version 17 using Student's t-test.


From the 240 participants, only 211 had continued the study for the total period of time. Out of these, 111 were from the study group and 100 from the control group. On comparison of the decayed-missing-filled (DMF) index scores of the study and control groups, before and after completion of the study, had also shown that the caries index was increased and the difference was found to be statistically significant.


From the study, it can be concluded that the study group using Miswak had less number of caries incidence than the control group of non-Miswak.

Clinical significance

Miswak can be used as teeth cleaning aid in day-to-day life as it can reduce the caries incidence.

How to cite this article

Mustafa M, AlJeaidi Z, AlAajam WH, Dafaalla Mohammed KA. Study of Caries Prevalence among Miswak and Non-Miswak Users: A Prospective Study. J Contemp Dent Pract 2016;17(11):926-929.

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