A Miswak or Siwak is probably an alien thing to the western world. But, it's a twig which a majority of people from Muslim countries use daily to brush their teeth. Although it might sound outdated to use twigs from trees for cleaning your teeth, studies conducted on the Miswak prove otherwise. Studies have inferred that Miswak is better than toothpaste for preventing gum disease. It is being known as chewing stick in the western world and is being looked upon as a form of alternative medicine. So, let's analyze this “wonder twig” keeping documented scientific studies as proofs.
Miswak (Chewing Sticks) are twigs obtained from mainly the Arak Tree (Salvadora Persica) although a few other trees can also be used. They have been used since times immemorial for maintaining dental health where a toothbrush was much alien to them as the Miswak is to us today. The practice continues today and is widespread among the Muslims which can be traced to their religious beliefs. The Miswak is a common sight in the Middle East and constitutes a large part of oral health maintenance if not all for many people. The Miswak is not confined only to the Muslims and has been embraced by many cultures as an effective tool for dental health maintenance.
Now, what does this has to do with toothbrush sanitization? A lot infact! This is because Miswak has natural anti-microbial properties which mean there are no bacterial colonies thriving on the twig. Although, common perception of people might lead them to think otherwise, there is no harm done when using this natural wonder twig for dental health maintenance.
Infact, if reports are to be believed, it is more effective than your toothbrush! I have outlined these studies conducted on Miswak on my website. The studies especially stress Miswak's ability to fight against plaque and gum disease. One study carried out by Swedish researchers showed the Miswak's ability to kill bacteria without even being in contact with them. This fuelled the proposal by the researchers that Miswak was able to give off antibiotics in gas form which enabled it to kill the bacteria with out any physical contact.
We use advanced methods for toothbrush sanitization but never look towards nature for help. The market is flooded with advanced gizmos for toothbrush sanitization. Every other week, there is a new sanitization project ...