The old adage is that having white teeth means they are both attractive and healthy. However, recent studies demonstrated how you can have a gleaming white smile and still have sensitive teeth, cavities, sore gums, or other dental problems.
Unfortunately, telling if your dental hygiene is good or bad isn’t always super obvious, because most of the times dental symptoms have a silver lining. So, the next time you visit your local store to buy toothpaste and a toothbrush, ask yourself if they’re really the best tools for your oral hygiene? If not, what alternative can offer superior benefits, all while being natural and low-cost? The answer is simple: Miswak sticks.
Coming from the Middle Eastern Salvadora persica (Arak) tree, Miswak and Swak toothbrush have been shown to be effective alternatives to achieving good oral health. Thanks to its unique properties, Miswak sticks can significantly reduce dental plaque and gingivitis, all while keeping helpful oral bacteria and killing harmful ones.
At this point, it may sound dismaying to replace your plastic toothbrush, toothpaste, tooth powder, all with a pencil-sized stick.
Therefore, to help you decide, here are 10 reasons to brush your teeth with a Miswak stick.
3. Formidable Antibacterial Properties
There are over 700 of different strains of bacteria in our mouths, both helpful (e.g. probiotics) and harmful (e.g. Streptococcus) ones. While beneficial bacterial strains support food digestion, harmful ones can erode the enamel and cause gum disease.
As mentioned before, brushing with Miswak sticks is more effective than brushing with a brush, especially because Miswak keeps harmful bacteria levels low through its unique properties. Thus, the World Health Organization encourages the use of Miswak for dental hygiene.