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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences

Year: 2003  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 24  |  Page No.: 2024 - 2025

Antibacterial Efficacy of Acacia modesta Wall Miswak Against Dental Pathogen

Rehana Asghar, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, Abida Akram, Jamshaid Mahmood and Maqbool Hassan


Acacia modesta Wall (Phulai) belong to family Mimosaceae is being regularly used as miswak (tooth brush) for teeth cleaning in various parts of Pakistan. It is medium size tree, 4-7 meter in height and flowering period is from March-May. The present study was confined to check antibacterial efficacy of twigs extract against dental pathogens. The study was conducted in traditional drug section of National Institute of Health, Pakistan. Lactobacillus (gram positive) strain of bacteria was cultured from dental carriers in control conditions. The effect was determined by disc method. The pharmacognostic study revealed that the extract has significant antibacterial efficacy against lactobacterial triclosan.

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