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Table 2 Comparison between the bacterial count at baseline, after the preparatory period, and at the 3-month follow-up

From: The effect of brushing with Salvadora persica (miswak) sticks on salivary Streptococcus mutans and plaque levels in children: a clinical trial

PeriodS. mutansS. sanguinisOtherTotalP value
Test group
 Prior to the preparatory period (baseline) b (N = 47)32 (86.5)05 (13.5)37 (100) 
 1-month follow-up b (N = 34)27 (73)5 (13.5)5 (13.5)37 (100)0.6
 3-month follow-up b (N = 34)28 (82.4)6 (17.6)034 (100)0.88
Control group 
 Prior to the preparatory period (baseline) b (N = 47)33 (76.7)5 (11.6)5 (11.6)43 (100) 
 1-month follow-up b (N = 39)36 (83.7)3 (7)4 (9.3)43 (100)0.078
 3-month follow-up b (N = 39)35 (89.7)4 (10.3)039 (100)0.464
  1. b less than the total number, children were absent (N = 14) or received antibiotics during the study period (N = 7)