Miswak is a twig that helps in cleaning teeth and has been used for this purpose for over 7000 years now! Combining the functions of a toothbrush and toothpaste, Miswak’s antibacterial properties have saved many a people from cases of dreadful tooth decay and worse across the centuries. Reportedly, Miswak stick has been in use right since the time of the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians.Although chew sticks can be made from many commonly occurring plants, such as olive trees, Miswak is most generally associated with the Salvadora persica tree, commonly known as ‘arak’ in Arabic.
Miswak tree has many different names across different cultures. Miswak is commonly referred to as siwak, sewak and miswaak. However, since its usage is spread across different regions, namely North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent, it goes by different names according to the region, such as:
With the goodness of a host of naturally occurring active ingredients and zero chemical formulations, Miswak is safe to use and can be used by both adults and children alike. This is in direct contrast to the commercially available toothbrushes and toothpastes that need to be used with extreme caution, especially with younger children.
Benefits Of Miswak
1. Fights Tooth Decay And Cavities
2. Protects Against Tartar And Plaque
3. Removes Malodor
4. Fights Harmful Bacteria And Germs
5. Protects And Strengthens The Gums
6. Anticarcinogenic And Analgesic
7. Refreshing aftertaste
Miswak has a set of 19 active ingredients that actively promote stronger teeth, while also maintaining oral health.
Alkaloids—Salvadorine, Trimethylamine—have an antibacterial effect
Silica—natural abrasive, removes stains
Calcium, Chlorides, Fluorides—important for dental care. Flouride helps in remineralizing the tooth structure.
Resins—Form a protective layer over the enamel to prevent the formation of caries
Tannins—Function as a natural astringent, stimulate premolar saliva production
Saponins, Flavonoids, and Sterols in small amounts
Essential oils—impart a mild taste and fragrance, stimulate the production of saliva, and help relieve flatulence
miswak powder, baking soda, stevia powder, spearmint oil