Miswak: the natural toothbrush to whiten teeth and prevent cavities

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A natural toothbrush that helps whiten teeth and prevent tooth decay. It is called Miswak or Siwak. It is a tool for cleaning the teeth and for the prevention of ailments that can affect them, typical of the Arab tradition. A real natural alternative to the classic toothbrush.



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Uno natural toothbrush which helps whiten your teeth and to prevent tooth decay. Is called Miswak o Siwak. It is a tool for cleaning the teeth and for the prevention of ailments that can affect them typical of the Arab tradition. A real natural alternative to the classic toothbrush from teeth.



Il Miswakthe Siwak, is one dental hygiene tool, halfway between the toothpick and the toothbrush. It is used by rubbing it on the teeth like a real toothbrush, for massage the gums or as a stick useful for cleaning the teeth of food residues.

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Properties and characteristics of Salvadora persica

It is obtained from the twigs of the persian savior, a plant that in the Arab world has been used for centuries as a natural toothbrush, in the form of a stick. The World Health Organization has promoted Salvadora persica fibers for use in oral hygiene.

This plant, according to scientific research, has some beneficial properties, with particular reference to antiseptic, cleansing and astringent properties. It would therefore be a real natural toothbrush so you don't need to add toothpaste.

Salvadora persica is a fairly common tree in countries like Pakistan. Its bark is described as having a pleasant scent and a hot and pungent taste. The sticks made from this plant are not only rubbed into the teeth and gums or used as a toothpick, but are also chewed in the name of oral hygiene.

Salvadora persica sticks, and their use, are common throughout the Indian subcontinent and the rest of the Muslim world. This plant represents a evergreen species with beneficial properties capable of protecting the health of the mouth.

Il Miswak contributes to counteract the bacteria that can cause gum problems and fight bad breath.

How to use the Miswak

To use the Miswak chew one of the two ends of the stick until the outermost part is removed. By continuing to chew, a structure similar to the bristles of the toothbrush forms which allows the user to rub their teeth.



when natural bristles start to change color, which would happen after a couple of days, it is advisable to cut this piece of stick and repeat the process from the beginning.

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The benefits of Miswak

Natural teeth cleaning sticks have been the subject of scientific study. For example, the magazine The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine has published an article entitled “Miswak: a periodontist's perspective”. The study points out that the goal is to discuss the various pharmacological and therapeutic aspects of Miswak to compare its effects with those of modern toothbrushes in terms of oral hygiene practices.

The article references various studies they have compared the use of the Miswak with that of normal toothbrush noting that the use of Miswak has been associated with a significant reduction in plaque and gingivitis with beneficial effects for oral hygiene comparable or superior to those of the toothbrush.

here are the main benefits of the Miswak, the root toothbrush:

1) Helps whiten your teeth helping to remove typical tea, wine or coffee stains.

2) Contributes to sanitize the mouth.

3) Refresh thebreath.

4) Stimulates the gingival circulation.

5) Strengthens the gums and prevents ailments such as pyorrhea.

6) Brush your teeth without being abrasive.

7) Removes and prevents the formation of caries, plaque and tartar.

 

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The Salvadora persica also presents other benefits in addition to what is highlighted for oral hygiene. Experts from the Norwich Bioscience Institutes have discovered that this plant contains a substance that could be beneficial in fighting tuberculosis. The research in question was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.



Finally, Miswak, being completely vegetable, it is biodegradable and compostable, unlike common plastic toothbrushes.

Where to find the Miswak? You can find the Miswak requesting it in herbalistsa or on the internet by ordering it on the internet.

Have you ever used this natural toothbrush? How did you find yourself?

Marta Albè

Cover photo source: scientifcsunnah.com

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