History of dental hygiene from the National Museum of Dentistry.

         History of dental hygiene from the National Museum of Dentistry.

The oldest toothbrush in history. 

The miswak, along with other forms of chewing sticks, is considered to be the first documented form of dental hygiene. It is still commonly used in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and Southeast Asia and is arguably the best-kept secret of the ancient world. 

In Islamic cultures, the miswak is considered to be “sunnah”, referring to the daily practice of the prophet Mohammad (PBUH), who recommended it as part of a daily health regimen.

A natural herbal remedy.

Over the years, dental researchers and medical publications have studied the natural antibacterial properties found in the miswak, which is extracted from the roots and branches of a very particular tree called the Salvadora Persica, or Arak tree. Several of these studies reveal that when used correctly, the miswak can have a positive impact on your oral hygiene through:

• Plaque reduction
• Teeth whitening
• Fighting bad odor
• Killing bacteria
• Increasing salivation
• Helping with nicotine addiction

The Salvadora Persica has also been noted to carry natural remedies in its berries and leaves, in addition to its roots and branches. In 2008, the World Health Organization recommended the miswak as a healthy alternative to the toothbrush. 

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If you've never used the miswak before, it's normal to be skeptical of its natural benefits.

Even if you don't replace your toothbrush entirely, using the miswak as a complimentary method of oral hygiene can have significant effects on your health and on the environment. 

Not only is the miswak more affordable and environmentally friendly, its portability and self-cleansing outer layer ensures a cleaner and more frequent brush.