Have you ever heard of miswak, or more accurately, miswak stick? It may seem like a market novelty, however, miswak has been used for brushing teeth for about seven thousand years. Miswak is a twig from the Salvadora persica tree, also known as the Arak tree, and with a bit of an exaggeration we can say that miswak is a toothbrush, dental floss, and toothpaste in one.
How does miswak work, what are its health benefits and how to take care of it? We will answer all these questions in the following article.
How Does Miswak Work?
The great advantage of Miswak is its antibacterial and whitening effects. It helps to keep your teeth in good condition and helps to fight various gum problems. It also prevents the formation of tartar in a natural way.
Salvadora persica is a natural source of many beneficial substances such as fluorides, calcium, silicon compounds, tannic acid, sulfur, vitamin C, alkaloid salvadorine, or salicylic acid, suitable for both health and natural whiteness of teeth.
Does Miswak Whiten Teeth?
Miswak is an Arabic word meaning dental cleaning stick, but besides cleaning, miswak can whiten and polish teeth. It is not known how long it takes to whiten teeth with miswak. However, some sources state that the whitening effect is visible within a few weeks of use.
Miswak contains sodium bicarbonate, which has the ability to remove dark spots on your teeth and whiten them. In addition to sodium bicarbonate, it also contains silica that reliably removes stains from the surface of the teeth.
How to Use a Miswak Stick
Before first use, rinse and peel off part of the bark on the thinner side, about one, one and a half centimeters. Keep in mind that if the miswak is completely dry, it is better to soak it in the water for 24 hours before first use, and then remove the bark.
Once you have cut a piece of bark, place the miswak in your mouth and chew it for a few minutes until the miswak has the same bristles as the toothbrush.
Miswak may first not have a very good taste (horseradish-like taste), but this taste does not remain in your mouth and isn’t that strong. Now you can brush your teeth just as you would with a classic toothbrush.
It is recommended to use miswak two or three times a day, and you don’t just have to focus on brushing your teeth. You can also chew miswak; it helps to strengthen the teeth and disinfect the oral cavity.
How To Take Care of Your Miswak Stick
Like a classic toothbrush, a miswak stick requires care. After use, wash the miswak stick and place it in the plastic toothbrush cover. Dental experts recommend cutting off the peeled part each day as it reduces the risk of various infections and minimizes the possibility of any harmful substances on the stick.
Interesting tip: If you don’t like the horseradish taste of miswak, put it in water with lime, lemon or mint overnight. Your miswak will have a great taste of lemon, lime or mint.
Where To Buy A Miswak
There are a number of stores that sell miswak; either a classic miswak with a slightly horseradish flavor, or a lemon or mint flavor. Some stores sell a miswak stick under the name siwak, so keep that in mind.
Since miswak contains a number of beneficial substances mentioned above, there are also miswak toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Miswak is a great tool for dental and oral care, and since it can be purchased at a reasonable price, it should be part of every household.
Are you going to buy miswak or do you already have it? Are you satisfied with your miswak stick?