Did the fear of cavities prevent your favorite desserts? The sensitivity of the teeth makes you think twice before having an ice cream on a hot afternoon? Do the fierce gums reduce you to the eating habits of a caveman? Read more about Wonderful Health Benefits Of Miswak
Oral hygiene, or the absence of it, is an issue that is rarely thought seriously. I mean, in a world full of conditions like cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, etc., it is not surprising that a painful tooth is the least of the worries of most people. But only one who has suffered from the pain of a bleeding gum or an infected tooth really knows what solid “mouth pain” can be. If you are one of the “unlucky” or you are afraid that this will happen to you, let me introduce you to your new favorite superhero.
History of Miswak
Miswak is a twig that helps to clean teeth and has been used for this purpose for over 7000 years now! (Fragile memories of people in rural areas with a “stick” in their mouths early in the mornings? Yes, now you get it).
By connecting the functions of the toothbrush & toothpaste, Miswak’s antibacterial qualities have saved several people from terrible tooth decay cases and worse over the centuries. Apparently, Miswak was used from the time of the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians. Which means that this humble chew stick is older than Queen Cleopatra? Which, in turn, means that every time you use Miswak, you should, in fact, brush with a story!
Significance in Islam
Since its origins 7,000 years ago, the use of Miswak has never been interrupted. Much of the credit for this falls to the Islamic jurisprudence which has regularly exhorted its laity to know the good practices associated with the use of Miswak. The Prophet himself would have used “twigs made from the Arak tree”, and, as such, their use is in the hadith concerning the life of the Prophet.
The utility of Miswak on Fridays, before & after trips, before spiritual practices, etc., as suggested by hadith & is conscientiously regarded by millions of inhabitants in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, The Indian continent, Southeast Asia & their diaspora till today.
Active Ingredients in Miswak
An ugly question about it would be – what is it about Miswak that makes it just as effective? The answer to this question rests in its fresh elements. Although most oral disinfectants such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, and dental powders, build their entire advertising campaigns around one or two key ingredients such as silica, Miswak has a set of 19 active ingredients that actively promote Stronger teeth while maintaining oral health.
- Alkaloids-Salvadorine, Trimethylamine-have the antibacterial effect
- Natural silica abrasive removes stains
- Calcium, Chlorides, Fluorides, important for dental care. Flouride helps to remineralize the dental structure.
- Vitamin C
- Resins – Form a protective layer on the enamel to prevent cavities
- Tannins – Functioning as a natural astringent, stimulating the production of premixed saliva
- Saponins, flavonoids and sterols in small quantities
- Essential oils – give a mild taste and fragrance, stimulate saliva production and help relieve flatulence
What are the Benefits of using ‘Miswak’ on a regular toothbrush?
- Kills bacteria causing gum disease.
- Effectively attacks plaque. The bark contains an antibiotic that suppresses the growth of bacteria and plaque formation.
- Research shows that regular use of bad diets greatly reduces the plaque, gingivitis, and growth of cariogenic bacteria.
- Has strong antibacterial properties.
- If used regularly every day, it whitens and brightens teeth leaving them shiny
- Removes bad breath and smell from the mouth and creates a pleasant fragrance.
- The minerals in this root or twig include potassium, sodium, chloride, sodium bicarbonate and calcium oxides. These ingredients strengthen the dental enamel.
- All of the above naturally without the need for additional products such as toothpaste
- Helps to effectively clean teeth due to its parallel bristles. Acting like a dental floss as well as a toothbrush.
- Increases salivation and inhibits dry mouth (Xerostomia)
- 100% organic and natural alternative to toothpaste for those who avoid fluoridated products, believing them to be dangerous and harmful.
- Improves and preserves the taste buds.
- Reduces staining of tobacco, coffee and tea products.
- The shape and practical shape of the Miswak facilitate access to these hard-to-reach places where a standard toothbrush is too large. It also manages the gums to get healthier teeth.
- Due to the advantage of cutting the used end, the Miswak can be reused again and again until it is too short for it to be appropriate. You save money on these extra brushes.
- Miswak is a cure for a toothache and improves the sense of taste.
- Miswak refines memory and is a cure for headaches.
- Aids digestion and erases the voice.
As we can see, Miswak definitely has a lot to do with this. To protect your gums, whiten your teeth, prevent tooth decay and caries, to anti-cancer effects, Miswak is all that your regular toothbrush can ever be – a true savior. So let us know in the comments section below what you think, whether you agree or disagree, and if you will make the change quickly!
I know I will.
Now, before going shopping for the miswak, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the twig.