The Antimicrobial Effect of Miswak Drenched with Listerine Mouthwash used for Orthodontic Patients

Zahraa M. Al-Fadily


Objective: This study was aimed to estimate the antimicrobial effect of miswak drenched used as mouthwash for orthodontic patients and compare this effect with Listerine mouthwash. Materials and method: Thirty two patients wearing fixed orthodontic appliance and have good oral health were haphazardly separated into: group Ι used miswak drenched and  group ΙΙ used Listerine mouthwash. The first samples were taken  3 weeks after bonding of fixed appliance (pre-using the mouthrinces). The second samples were taken 4 weeks (post-using the mouthrinces). The colonies forming units were compared between the groups and within the same group (pre and post-using mouthrinces).  Results: The result showed highly significant difference between group Ι pre and post-using miswak drenched with p value=0.000.  Also, there was highly significant difference between group ΙΙ pre and post-using of Listerine mouthwash with p value=0.000.  The comparison between group Ι and group ΙΙ pre and post-using of mouthrinces showed no significant difference. Conclusion: The miswak drenched greatly effective in reducing microbial growth when used for orthodontic patients under treatment with fixed appliance and this effect appear to be similar to  antimicrobial effect of Listerine mouthwash.

Keywords: Miswak drenched, Listerine, Antimicrobial, Orthodontic.

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