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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 138-140

The effect of Siwak (Salvadora persica) on the color of teeth

1 5th Year Student, Faculty of Dentistry, Aleppo University, Syria
2 Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Aleppo University, Syria

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Alaa al-Deen al-Helue
5th Year Student, Faculty of Dentistry, Aleppo University
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Introduction: S iwak (Salvadora persica) has been used for many years. A lot of studies have been conducted in the past in to evaluate the antibacterial effect of Siwak. This study was done to assess the effect of Siwak (Salvadora persica) on the color of teeth. Methodology: The study consisted of 24 individuals (17 males. 7 females) with a mean age of 23. The subjects were advised to use Siwak 4 times a day for one month. The color of teeth (divided into three parts: cervical, middle and occlusal), Gingival Index, Plaque Index, Gingival Recession and Calculus Index were measured before and after using Siwak. We used a spectrophotometer to measure the color of teeth. Results: There were statistically significant difference s in the spectrophotometer values before and after using Siwak (p=0.034, p<0.001, p<0.001 respectively). Conclusion: Siwak improves the color of teeth.

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