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International Journal of Pharmacology
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 440-445
DOI: 10.3923/ijp.2011.440.445
 
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Salvadora persica (Meswak): Chewing Stick for Complete Oral Care

Manoj Goyal, D. Sasmal and B.P. Nagori

Abstract:
The use of a wood stick Salvadora persica (meswak) for brushing the teeth continues to be an important tool for oral hygiene care in many Afro-Asian communities. It is inexpensive, customary and used for religious reasons as well. The pharmacological studies revealed that Salvadora persica is effective against dental caries, bacterial and fungal growth. Anti-plaque activity of Salvadora persica is comparable with Chlorhexidine gluconate and it is also found to reduce gingival bleeding. Phytochemical screening revealed the occurrence of glycosides, sterols, terpenes, flavonoids and alkaloids. Fluoride, calcium and phosphorus, minerals required for dental health are also present in Salvadora persica. Present review is written with objective to renew interest in use of Salvadora persica toothbrushes as environment friendly and cheap tool for dental care and oral hygiene.
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How to cite this article:

Manoj Goyal, D. Sasmal and B.P. Nagori, 2011. Salvadora persica (Meswak): Chewing Stick for Complete Oral Care. International Journal of Pharmacology, 7: 440-445.

DOI: 10.3923/ijp.2011.440.445

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijp.2011.440.445

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