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Download:   Miswak: A cultural Heritage PDF

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Articles:  Results of Clinical Study – comparison of Miswak & Brushing      Natural Toothbrush Alternatives    Kill Periodontal symptoms at Home           Five Steps to Develop the Habit of Miswak

a wonderful article on discovering the joys of Miswak


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Traditional miswak sticks. Softened bristles on either end can be used to clean the teeth.

The miswak (miswaak, siwak, sewak, Arabic: سواك‎ or مسواك) is a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree (known as arak in Arabic). A traditional and natural alternative to the modern toothbrush, it has a long, well-documented history and is reputed for its medicinal benefits. It is reputed to have been used over 7000 years ago. The miswak’s properties have been described thus: “Apart from their antibacterial activity which may help control the formation and activity of dental plaque, they can be used effectively as a natural toothbrush for teeth cleaning. Such sticks are effective, inexpensive, common, available, and contain many medical properties”. It also features prominently in Islamic hygienical jurisprudence.

The miswak is predominant in Muslim-inhabited areas. It is commonly used in the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, parts of the Sahel, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, miswak is known as Kayu Sugi (Malay for ‘chewing stick’).


WHAT TREES ARE MISWAK MADE FROM?

suitable wood for miswak come from various trees in different parts of the world for example:

Salvadora Persica (the toothbrush tree)    buy in oz   TOothbrush tree

source:   http://www.allthingsislam.com.au/

Common Names: Salt bush, Mustard tree, The tooth brush tree.
Internationally known as: Arak, Siwak, Peelu, Miswak.
Scientific Name: Salvadora Persica

Potential Dental Benefits with Regular Use:

Research shows that the bark of the “Toothbrush Tree” contains on antibiotic which suppresses the growth of bacteria and the formation of plaque in the mouth. Research also suggests that the regular use of Miswak significantly reduces plaque, gingivitis, and the growth of cariogenic bacteria. No toothpaste required! Miswak, naturally contains many components such as fluoride, astringents, detergents, resins (a possible enamel protectant) and abrasives.

How to use:

Simply scrape off bark from the tip (1/2″), then chew the tip gently until brush like and the fiber becomes soft. Brush teeth horizontally and frequently. When the bristles are worn and the flavor has subsided, cut them off & repeat instruction.

Miswak is also spelled as Miswaak, Meswak, Miswaq or Meswaq. In Arabic, its also known as sewak. Some people prefer spelling it as sewak, siwak, siwaak and with such small variations.

 


Different Kind of Miswak … Peelu, Olive, Bitam Tree Miswak

source:  http://www.sewakalbadr.com/types-of-miswak.php

It is permissible to take for a Miswak all kinds of tree twigs provided these aren’t hazardous or poisonous. It is prohibited to utilize a Miswak from a poisonous tree. Our Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him)   Forbade the Usage of Raihaan as Miswak as it leads to the disease, Juz-zaam.

Miswaks from the following trees aren’t permissible:

Pomegranate; Bambo; Raihaan; Chambelie

Listed below are the kinds of Miswak recommended:

Peelo tree
Zaitoon or Olive tree
Bitam
Any bitter tree

Miswak of the Peelo Tree

“And, the finest of Miswaks is the Peelo, then the Olive.”
(KABIRI)

The ideal kind of Miswak is that which is obtained from the Peelo tree. The miswak of the Peelo tree is incredible for getting the sparkle or glitters of the teeth.  Our Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) likewise lauded and endorsed the Peelo tree for Miswak usage. Apart from recommending the Peelo tree, Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him)   together with the Companion (May Allah be Pleased with them) utilized Miswaks of this tree.  Companions of Imam Shafi (R) have shown Agreement of Opinion among them on the point that the usage of the Peelo Miswak is Mustahab.

Miswak of the Olive Tree
Our Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) has voiced highly of the Miswak of this tree as well. The following Hadith reveals the importance of the Olive tree Miswak:

“Use the Miswak of the Olive tree. It’s the Miswak of an auspicious tree. It cleans and makes wholesome the mouth. It erases the yellowishness of the teeth. It is my (i.e. Rasulullah’s)   Miswak and the Miswak of the Prophets who arrived before me.”
(MUNTAKHAB)

Miswak of the Bitam Tree
In another Hadith it’s stated that in the absence of the Peelo tree the Olive tree could be utilized, and in the absence of the Olive Miswak, the Bitam tree Miswak could be utilized.
(MUNTAKHAB)
Miswak of some bitter tree

If none of the three aforementioned kinds of Miswak is obtainable, a Miswak of any bitter tree can be taken.
(KUHASTANI)

” . . Afterwards it is recommended to utilize a Miswak of a sour tree since the Miswak of a sour tree takes off odor of the mouth to a greater extent.”
(KABIRI)



Twigs used

Spring blossoms of Kikar (also called Babool) in Hodal in Faridabad district of Harya

Teeth cleaning twigs can be obtained from a variety of tree species. Although many trees are used in the production of teeth cleaning twigs, some trees are better suited to clean and protect the teeth, due to the chemical composition of the plant parts.

The known tree species are:

Salvadora persica
Sassafras
Gumtree
Lime tree (Citrusaurantafolia)

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Neem (Azadirachta indica) in Hyderabad India

Orange tree (Citrussinensis)
African laburnum (Cassia sieberiana)
Tea Tree
Neem in Indian subcontinent
Vachellia nilotica, also called Babool or Kikar in Indian subcontinent
Dalbergia sissoo, also called Sheesham in Indian subcontinent
Liquorice
Gouania lupuloides
Cinnamon
Dogwood
Olive
Walnut
Acacia catechu
Acacia nilotica
and other trees with bitter rootWhen compared to toothbrushes, teeth cleaning twigs have several advantages:

  • More ecological in its life-cycle
  • Lower cost (0-16% of the cost of a toothbrush[12])
  • Independence from external supplier if made at home from privately owned trees
  • Low maintenance, with some twigs need moistening with water if they become dry, to ensure the end is soft. The end may be cut afresh to ensure hygiene, and should not be stored near a sink. The twig is replaced every few weeks to maintain proper hygiene.
  • No need for toothpaste

Miswak – A Student Designmiswak-toothbrush-1this-toothbrush

People in Middle East, Pakistan and India often prefer old-fashioned way to brush their teeth. They use Miswak, a stick made of Salvadora persica tree that cleans teeth even better than a toothbrush. Traditionally, you need to bite off the top of the stick, which exposes natural bristles that work similar to the toothbrush.

Leen Sadder, a design student at The School of Visual Arts decided to give the traditional Miswak stick a new modern look.  She called her natural toothbrush THIS and in order to promote the idea of this twig she decided to create a suitable package for it. Many people would not welcome the idea of biting the stick to clean their teeth. So the graduate student designed a cigar-cutter-like cap to make this job for you.

Keep in mind that THIS toothbrush is eco-friendly: natural and biodegradable and works just as well or even better than traditional toothbrush.

UPDATE dec 2015

http://www.thisisatoothbrush.com/contact/


from MY Plastic-Free Life

neem-chew-sticks-05A few points from India, where this method is still used, though not as widely as it was 30 years ago.

(1) Were the sticks really very dry? Here, we use young twigs off the plants because they are easiest to chew. they’re a bit more slender than what you seem to have there. Also because you don’t mention the taste, which should have been quite a notable thing had you had young, fresh sap in the twigs

(2) No, it’s not something used centuries ago. It’s in use in living memory, though — like I was saying, rarer than 30 years ago, when it seemed ubiquitous in my child’s eyes. Lots of long-lived people around here with all their teeth — can’t recall more than two of my 15-odd grandparents, great-grandparents and great-uncles and aunts having ever had caries of any sort (and no, dentist’s visits as prevention are STILL not the norm, so that’s not regular professional cleaning doing the trick).

(3) I’m guessing the pregnancy warning is statutory for any herbal product that hasn’t expressly been studied for safety in pregnancy. Neem does nothing terrible to your hormones that regular food doesn’t (there are enough phytoestrogens in food even without soy coming into the picture; there are other foods that cause migraines, relieve aches and whatnot… all food has ‘side effects’, if you look really hard for them). In India, or at least the eastern part of the country, we eat neem leaves all the time as a delicacy. No one stops using neem twigs or eating the leaves because they are pregnant. (And it’s not our of ignorance — there ARE proscribed foods, such as raw poppy seed paste.) We do stop when breastfeeding, but only because some children (supertasters, i guess) can taste the difference in mother’s milk.

(4) It shouldn’t take very long to brush with these — in fact, we try to peel the bark with the front teeth, then actively chew on the end to soften it and use alternate sides to do that, because the very act of chewing cleans the teeth for the most part. After that, a quick once-over. But yeah, nowhere near as fast as toothpaste… though like someone’s already said, the idea isn’t to do this at ‘brushing time’. We do it between tasks or while doing other stuff — on your morning walk, while walking the dog, reading the paper, watching an after-dinner movie, waiting for the bath to fill are all good ideas!


This Natural Alternative to Toothbrushes May Surprise You…

miswakThe kind of toothbrush we all have in our bathrooms was invented in 1938. Previously, from about 1498, boar bristles attached to bamboo or bone handles were used.

But what came before that? Answer: The miswak.

I have only been aware of the miswak for a year or so, and it took me this long to finally break down and buy one. Of all the areas in my life I’ve tried to switch to more traditional roots, an alternative to my toothbrush wasn’t a high priority. In fact I liked how my teeth cleaner worked.

And then, like everything else, I researched.

This natural stick, which is actually a length of root from the  Peelu tree, is a natural and more effective toothbrush than your typical plastic and nylon kind.

Beyond the miswak not being synthetic, which is enough reason for me to try it, it actually kills bacteria and fights plaque. On it’s own. With no toothpaste. This of course leads to fewer cavities and fresher breath.

What Does Science Say?

I admit I was skeptical. To hear of a natural toothbrush to not only replace my plastic one, but to not even need toothpaste (or floss?) – and then to learn that it kills bacteria and whitens teeth? Sounded too good to be true.

Then I came across this clinical study. The purpose of this study was to “compare the effect of the chewing stick (miswak), and toothbrushing on plaque removal and gingival health.” The results? “Compared to toothbrushing, the use of the miswak resulted in significant reductions in plaque.”

The study concluded the miswak is more effective than toothbrushing for reducing plaque and gingivitis.

Nothing holding me back, I marched right over to amazon where I bought a miswak.

Getting Started

It was fun when the package came and I asked my family (and friends) what this stick-looking thing actually was. They were all surprised it was a toothbrush. Just another thing to add to the list of what Lea does that is not normal!

You do have to use a peeler (or knife if you’re handy that way) to scrape off about 1/2 inch of the bark away. Then you chew on it until the fibers separate, and you can get right to work. At first some of the outer fibers will break off in your mouth – but then you’re pretty much all set.

The flavor is a natural one, and to describe it I would have to say it reminds me of horseradish on a much much milder level with no spice. And the more you use it, the more mild it gets.

Do I Like It?

When I first used my miswak I was afraid my teeth wouldn’t feel clean enough and I’d have to brush with toothpaste after. I was afraid I’d resort to using my plastic toothbrush at least before leaving the house…

I was wrong.

My teeth do actually feel cleaner. Even without my favorite toothpaste.

I always found a regular toothbrush to be ineffective at fully removing plaque, which is why I floss. However, using the miswak I was surprised to find I really didn’t need to floss anymore, since the properties of the miswak are so effective at removing the plaque.

My teeth are shinier. I almost think they are whiter…could it really be true?

The most pleasant surprise of all is how easy the miswak is to use. I can “brush my teeth” in the car on the way to…anywhere. I find the miswak to be handier than a regular toothbrush, probably due to the fact I don’t need to be near a sink to use it. In fact tonight I used it while playing Yahtzee with my daughter.

A few points from India, where this method is still used, though not as widely as it was 30 years ago.
(1) Were the sticks really very dry? Here, we use young twigs off the plants because they are easiest to chew. they’re a bit more slender than what you seem to have there. Also because you don’t mention the taste, which should have been quite a notable thing had you had young, fresh sap in the twigs
(2) No, it’s not something used centuries ago. It’s in use in living memory, though — like I was saying, rarer than 30 years ago, when it seemed ubiquitous in my child’s eyes. Lots of long-lived people around here with all their teeth — can’t recall more than two of my 15-odd grandparents, great-grandparents and great-uncles and aunts having ever had caries of any sort (and no, dentist’s visits as prevention are STILL not the norm, so that’s not regular professional cleaning doing the trick).
(3) I’m guessing the pregnancy warning is statutory for any herbal product that hasn’t expressly been studied for safety in pregnancy. Neem does nothing terrible to your hormones that regular food doesn’t (there are enough phytoestrogens in food even without soy coming into the picture; there are other foods that cause migraines, relieve aches and whatnot… all food has ‘side effects’, if you look really hard for them). In India, or at least the eastern part of the country, we eat neem leaves all the time as a delicacy. No one stops using neem twigs or eating the leaves because they are pregnant. (And it’s not our of ignorance — there ARE proscribed foods, such as raw poppy seed paste.) We do stop when breastfeeding, but only because some children (supertasters, i guess) can taste the difference in mother’s milk.
(4) It shouldn’t take very long to brush with these — in fact, we try to peel the bark with the front teeth, then actively chew on the end to soften it and use alternate sides to do that, because the very act of chewing cleans the teeth for the most part. After that, a quick once-over. But yeah, nowhere near as fast as toothpaste… though like someone’s already said, the idea isn’t to do this at ‘brushing time’. We do it between tasks or while doing other stuff — on your morning walk, while walking the dog, reading the paper, watching an after-dinner movie, waiting for the bath to fill are all good ideas!

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World’s Best Eco Vegan Toothbrush! Eureka!

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How is it that some people who have never used a toothbrush have also never had a cavity.  At last – after wondering and researching casually for over ten years, I have found it!



The World’s Best Eco Vegan Toothbrush!

and guess what! It’s a STICK!  cut from the roots of the licorice plant!

i have found the STICK!  my search is over!

my search ended at Shipards Herb FarmLicorice Book   and    Licorice Root
from Shipards Herb Farm: How To Order –  If know what you are after, you may order or check the availability and price of any plants by emailing us at info@herbs-to-use.com

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Improvement is noticeable within a week! using the sticks naturally improves mouth hygiene dramatically.

i have been using my licorice stick now for three days. And my  teeth have taken on opalescent or perhaps a porcelain quality – and the faint patchiness of this new whiteness emerging indicate that there is more tooth whitening to come.
whitening was the last thing I was thinking of when I thought I would give this stick a real tryout!

PS miswak inspired me to find something here in australia.  and o dear, dare i say it? i think my licorice-root stick is even better than the best miswak. it is softer than most sticks, but i will reserve opinion until i test a few different miswak sticks.

for a period of about 1 year, i have had one tiny area at the base of one tooth which was seemed always to have an infection .  the dentist discovered it, and named it as pyorrhoea and cleaned under the skin at the base of the tooth. and it was gone. yet six months later, the pyorrhoea returned.

during this three days of using my lovely  licorice-root toothbrush, the most wonderful toothbrush of all,  i now do not have the beginnings of gum disease  … yeehah

Read more from these Fans of the Stick
1 Nadia, another fan of the STICK 
Growing up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, my Mother was given the twigs of the hibiscus tree to use as a toothbrush – they referred to this as datwan
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another possible fan, a learner’s diary blogger
3 the most excellent site all about Miswak and teeth

STOP PRESS!  UPDATE! march 2017

dawn of a new era = fancy MISWAK toothbrush    SWAK from Germany

 


 

Using Miswak has made me want to smile a lot more. Miswak has made my teeth a lot whiter. I wish I had taken pictures of my teeth two months ago. If I had, you would see a stark contrast between what my teeth looked like before I started using Miswak, and what they look like now. My teeth still aren’t perfect, but if I keep using Miswak, they will be.

Using Miswak has made me want to smile a lot more. Miswak has made my teeth a lot whiter. I wish I had taken pictures of my teeth two months ago. If I had, you would see a stark contrast between what my teeth looked like before I started using Miswak, and what they look like now. My teeth still aren’t perfect, but if I keep using Miswak, they will be.

A little history ….
Indigenous people, who typically possess a mouthful of flawless teeth, use herbs, twigs and roots to clean their teeth. Even the skulls of cavemen depict a mouthful of nearly flawless teeth. Our ancestors were using something natural to clean their teeth. Perhaps, something such as licorice root which is also an antibacterial herb that reduces plaque and has anti-cavity functions.


i have found the STICK!  my search is over!

UPDATE june 2017
because i have found my perfect toothbrush, the licorice-root, this site is now archived, still maintained. the only difference is that there are no longer any “contact” or “feedback” page. you can still comment on posts and pages.

thank you for your interest in this site dear readers – it is very widely read, so thank you for reading!       Cheers from marion

 


Bristles: humanely harvested boar and badger etc bristle

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Yes, natural bristle is my bristle of choice. For me, anything that is not made by nature comes under immediate suspicion. Plastic bristle, regardless of how soft the bristles will ALWAYS (no exceptions) scratch the enamel on the teeth. Boar, commonly called Natural bristle does not scratch the enamel on teeth.

another discussion forum            

I am interested in encouraging interested people to harvest bristle in a humane and loving and grateful manner – from boars who are their friends and kindred spirits.

So in an attempt to find out if there are any such people harvesting in such a manner, i will just have to search and search until i find them.


Fuchs Boar Bristle Toothbrush GERMANY

yhst-96829732451264_2267_63265309Fuchs Bristle brushes are harvested from a special breed of boar raised solely for its bristles. The bristles are carefully harvested using a process similar to the methods employed in shearing sheep. The boar are extremely well cared-for; their bristles are harvested repeatedly during their long lifetimes.

The bristles have different degrees of stiffness, depending upon from which part of the body they originate. This is why natural bristles can be supplied in soft, medium and hard variations. Although most bristles are a light beige color, occasionally some black bristles, noted for their stiffer texture, are used in natural bristle toothbrushes.

Fuchs bristle brushes generally run one level softer than the comparable toothbrush in nylon. Thus, a soft natural brush is equivalent to an extra soft nylon one, a hard natural brush is equivalent to a medium nylon brush and so on. Natural bristle brushes are especially useful for people who require soft-bristled brushes to avoid damaging tooth enamel or sensitive gums.

Fuchs RECORD-V brushes have ripple “V” bristle fields. These uniquely shaped bristles help prevent plaque formation, as they can more effectively get in between the teeth.

Fuchs is one of the original manufacturers of the ripple V bristle toothbrush always at the forefront of dental care technology.

Fuchs has marketed this type of brush head worldwide for more than 40 years. Although billed as a new dental care discovery, ripple v bristles have been a successful part of the Fuchs line since the 1950s!

The Record-V is the best-selling bristle shape in the Fuchs product line.

The Record-V Toothbrush also features a uniquely angled neck, providing maximum agility in reaching even the furthest corners of the mouth. These unique brushes also have the distinction of being copied by most of the major US toothbrush manufacturers over the last few years, albeit at much higher prices.

These brushes will last about 2 months before they need replaced. They are a great introduction to the oral benefits of boar bristles. If you find you like the benefits you might consider moving up to one of our KOH-I-NOOR boar brushes which are way more expensive but made of more durable bristle for longer effective life.

Color: Red, Green or Blue. Please specify in Comments section.

Brush is 7″ long from head to toe.

These come assorted in Red, Blue & Teal Green. Please put your color preferences in the Comments Section when you checkout. I will accommodate you unless sold out of that color. If you note a second preference will ship that if not sold out. Otherwise will ship whatever color I have. So if your color preference is FIRM note that & if out of that color I’ll cancel the brush & refund your money on it.



Burstenhaus Redecker Beechwood Toothbrush GERMANY

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boar2-1024x624We recently received a small supply of German-made, completely natural toothbrushes. These have handles made from sustainably harvested wood (beechwood) that have been preserved with vegetable oil. More importantly, the bristles! The bristles are made from sterilized pig hair sourced from China, the only place in the world that currently supply the long-haired pig bristles. The bristles come from a domesticated breed of pig that is raised for meat. The skin, along with the bristles, are normally discarded but with these toothbrushes, what was once considered waste, can now replace plastic!

yesThis is a very well thought out product – from the material to the packaging. It comes wrapped in a small piece of biodegradable cellulose plastic enclosed with a metal/cardboard clip that is 100% recyclable. Available in Adult and Child size.

Care: these toothbrushes need to dry out thoroughly between brushings.

Measures 16.5cm


 Koh-In-Noor ITALY buy online

from the Koh-I-Noor website:

We started from that and even today the quality of our toothbrushes is hardly reachable.
We produce them from the very beginning with soft natural bristles, bred under medical surveillance, or with Tynex (first quality nylon) with round tips to be gentle to gums the most.

For the ones needing a more gentle effect are available also the version with badger fur bristles.
We categorize the 6 different hardness of bristles:spazzolini_da_denti
MM very soft (badger fur)
M soft
MD medium
D hard
DDN very hard (black boar bristles)
DDV very hard (white boar bristles)
The range of handles, models and bristles cut is very large, in order to allow follow the different needs of the end user.


Yaweco GERMANY and Monte Bianco  ITALY

both manufacture boar bristle toothbrushes, with replaceable heads.        yaweco_toothbrush_heads_naturalmediumnaturalbrushheads

from stockist So Organic ….

Why Choose and eco toothbrush?
Toothbrushes tend to be made from plastic (and therefore oil), and if we follow our dentists advice we should replace them regularly, so even though they are only small, they still contribute to plastic waste and land fill.
Monte Bianco toothbrushes help to reduce the amount of plastic you throw away. These eco friendly toothbrushes have replacement heads, so you just buy one toothbrush with a reusable handle and then replace just the head, rather than the whole thing every 3 months.
Our eco friendly toothbrushes come in either natural bristle or nylon bristle (which is suitable for vegans), and you can choose the strength of bristle you prefer from sensitive to hard.
We all use these products ourselves, so please email or call our advisors free on 0800 169 2579 if you need help choosing the eco toothbrush that is right for you.

Buy Monte Bianco in Australia

Yaweco Manufacturer

 http://int.classicshaving.com/swissco-natural-bristle-toothbrush.html?SID=it713pal53e22revs6nmft3f51&___store=new_intl&___from_store=new_intl#.VuYTwCk2XoA

Brooks – Pearwood Boarbristle Toothbrush

226497-DEFAULT-LThis 100% all-natural Swiss-made brush can be used for skin, teeth, hands, vegetables, and dishes, as well as for many other personal and household needs.
Edible Plant Finish.
The bristles are a tad stiff at first, but they quickly soften up after a few uses. The texture of the wood and natural bristles feels very pleasant in your mouth. Just make sure to store it in such a way that the brush can dry out otherwise the wood around the bristles will get discolored. It’s good to know that when I’m done with this plastic-free brush I can just toss it in the compost or the fireplace and it will not be filling up any landfills or waterways. However, if your goal is to go plastic free when brushing your teeth you’ll be disappointed to find that this item comes in a plastic container (although it is marked as being recyclable). It would be even better if this biodegradable, plastic-free brush came in similar packaging–maybe cardboard?


Acca Kappa ITALYtoothbrush-pure-boar-bristles-bio-cellulose-acetate-2131N-acca-kappa-1

Handle:  Bio Collection in Cellulose Acetate

Bristles:  White pure natural bristles

Acca Kappa was established in 1869 near Venice, Italy. The focus of business at that time was the production of quality hair brushes and accessories. Acca Kappa soon became the largest manufacturer of quality brushes in Italy.Acca Kappa is a family run business that spans for generations. Remarkably, the current President, Ms. Elisa Gera, is the great-great grand daughter of the original founder! In the late 1980’s, Ms. Gera decided to expand the Acca Kappa brand to leading traditional principles; select the highest quality of raw materials, focus on simplicity in design and respect the environment.”My great-great grandfather founded Acca Kappa in 1869. Today, four generations later, I’m proud to follow his footsteps as president of Acca Kappa, and uphold the long family tradition of quality, simplicity and luxury for which Acca Kappa is known.”In 2004 the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels and resorts, chose Acca Kappa for its high standard in quality. From New York to Kuala Lampur, you will find Acca Kappa’s exclusive White Moss collection in any Four Seasons suite worldwide.Acca Kappa toothbrushes were also featured on Oprah and still appear on Oprah’s O list.

Acca Kappa was established in 1869 near Venice, Italy. The focus of business at that time was the production of quality hair brushes and accessories. Acca Kappa soon became the largest manufacturer of quality brushes in Italy.

Acca Kappa is a family run business that spans for generations. Remarkably, the current President, Ms. Elisa Gera, is the great-great grand daughter of the original founder! In the late 1980’s, Ms. Gera decided to expand the Acca Kappa brand to leading traditional principles; select the highest quality of raw materials, focus on simplicity in design and respect the environment.

“My great-great grandfather founded Acca Kappa in 1869. Today, four generations later, I’m proud to follow his footsteps as president of Acca Kappa, and uphold the long family tradition of quality, simplicity and luxury for which Acca Kappa is known.”

In 2004 the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels and resorts, chose Acca Kappa for its high standard in quality. From New York to Kuala Lampur, you will find Acca Kappa’s exclusive White Moss collection in any Four Seasons suite worldwide.

Acca Kappa toothbrushes were also featured on Oprah and still appear on Oprah’s O list.

– See more at: http://www.shopaccakappa.com/about#sthash.PsFGveLE.dpuf

Acca Kappa was established in 1869 near Venice, Italy. The focus of business at that time was the production of quality hair brushes and accessories. Acca Kappa soon became the largest manufacturer of quality brushes in Italy.

Acca Kappa is a family run business that spans for generations. Remarkably, the current President, Ms. Elisa Gera, is the great-great grand daughter of the original founder! In the late 1980’s, Ms. Gera decided to expand the Acca Kappa brand to leading traditional principles; select the highest quality of raw materials, focus on simplicity in design and respect the environment.

“My great-great grandfather founded Acca Kappa in 1869. Today, four generations later, I’m proud to follow his footsteps as president of Acca Kappa, and uphold the long family tradition of quality, simplicity and luxury for which Acca Kappa is known.”

In 2004 the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels and resorts, chose Acca Kappa for its high standard in quality. From New York to Kuala Lampur, you will find Acca Kappa’s exclusive White Moss collection in any Four Seasons suite worldwide.

Acca Kappa toothbrushes were also featured on Oprah and still appear on Oprah’s O list.

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Acca Kappa was established in 1869 near Venice, Italy. The focus of business at that time was the production of quality hair brushes and accessories. Acca Kappa soon became the largest manufacturer of quality brushes in Italy.

Acca Kappa is a family run business that spans for generations. Remarkably, the current President, Ms. Elisa Gera, is the great-great grand daughter of the original founder! In the late 1980’s, Ms. Gera decided to expand the Acca Kappa brand to leading traditional principles; select the highest quality of raw materials, focus on simplicity in design and respect the environment.

“My great-great grandfather founded Acca Kappa in 1869. Today, four generations later, I’m proud to follow his footsteps as president of Acca Kappa, and uphold the long family tradition of quality, simplicity and luxury for which Acca Kappa is known.”

In 2004 the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels and resorts, chose Acca Kappa for its high standard in quality. From New York to Kuala Lampur, you will find Acca Kappa’s exclusive White Moss collection in any Four Seasons suite worldwide.

Acca Kappa toothbrushes were also featured on Oprah and still appear on Oprah’s O list.

– See more at: http://www.shopaccakappa.com/about#sthash.PsFGveLE.dpuf


Smile Brite Toothbrushes GERMANY

Here is a description of  Smile Brite V-Wave,  a natural boar bristle toothbrush from Shoe Box Shave Shop:

Like the Fuchs, Smile Brite Bristle brushes are harvested from a special breed of boar raised solely for its bristles.

Smile Brite believes in reducing the chemical load in the mouth area where it is most easily absorbed into the body so you will not find any of our heads with synthetic dyes.Dentists advise that it is better to use softer bristles wherever possible. Smile Brite provides you the ultimate choice by providing an Extra Soft bristle in addition to the normal soft and medium choices.

Smile Brite bristle brushes generally run one level softer than the comparable toothbrush in nylon. Thus, a soft natural brush is equivalent to an extra soft nylon one, a hard natural brush is equivalent to a medium nylon brush and so on. Natural bristle brushes are especially useful for people who require soft-bristled brushes to avoid damaging tooth enamel or sensitive gums.

Smile Brite V-WAVE brushes have ripple “V” bristle fields. These uniquely shaped bristles help prevent plaque formation, as they can more effectively get in between the teeth. The V-WAVE Toothbrush also features an ergonomic handle, providing maximum agility in reaching even the furthest corners of the mouth.These brushes will last about 2 months before they need replaced. They are a great introduction to the oral benefits of boar bristles.


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Brushing Au Naturel with Boar Head Bristles
Jul 24, 2013

If these are the dog days of summer, fetch a bone and call me Snoopy! We’ve covered a boatload of toothbrush topics in our July series “The Power of the Brush,” including last week’s ‘different strokes for different folks’ discussion – the classic ongoing debate about electric toothbrushes versus manual ones.

Two weeks ago, we learned that in the first known case of Chinese carry-out, Europeans imported coarse boar head bristle toothbrushes from China centuries ago and swapped them for softer horsehair bristles. But today many Europeans still love boar head brushes with their original equipment, probably because they’re available now in varying degrees of bristle stiffness other than the standard stiff-as-a-board boar bristle. Also, that occasional off-putting wild boar taste is now available in mint, wintergreen and bubble gum boar.

Boar head bristles are a little harder to find in the U.S., although they are available through Amazon and direct marketing outlets – at least, for now.  One of the latter says the European toothbrushes may not be offered after January 1 due to the Affordable Care Act subjecting them to the medical device tax. Yes, you read that right. Toothbrushes are now considered medical devices. But no worries – it’s not like toothbrush manufacturers would pass on that cost to consumers, driving up the cost of all toothbrushes or maybe pulling their products altogether, right?

Photo source: Swissco.com

 There are four distinct advantages to boar head bristle toothbrushes:

  • Eco Chic Boar hair bristles are a renewable resource so collecting the bristles is harmless; at least, there have been no boorish complaints to the Geneva Convention or protests from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. One boar can provide enough bristles for multiple toothbrushes in its lifetime and several manufacturers have substituted the plastic handles for smooth wooden ones.  This makes the toothbrushes fully biodegradable and saves landfill space for real trash like used home teeth whitening kits and that stuff in the back of your fridge that CSI forensics couldn’t identify.
  • Au Naturel Synthetic nylon is the standard for most modern toothbrushes, but some folks are allergic to nylon. Natural bristle toothbrushes don’t trigger those allergies. Also, the bleach or dye used in synthetic toothbrush bristles can irritate the gums of those sensitive to chemicals. TIP: Confirm the bristles on the boar head toothbrush you are considering are tan or beige; these are the color of unbleached boar’s hair. Any different colors (platinum blonde, red, or tie-dyed) and you are dealing with a boar bristle impersonator – or maybe a party bore, which is a different beast altogether.
  • Deep Cleansed Feeling A soft boar bristle is stiffer than a nylon soft bristle and stiffer than even some synthetic medium bristles. The stiffer boar bristles can easily handle the tough task of scrubbing your teeth and can give you that squeaky clean feeling you may not have had since your last teeth cleaning. Boar head bristles tips can get between your teeth better than nylon because they are less rounded than nylon due to their softness. Boar head bristles are stiff but also soft enough that they won’t damage gums. Think of them as the strong, silent type but sensitive enough about your feelings that you can trust them with your mouth.
  • Tune-up Your Boar Bristles Boar’s hair is natural so it reacts to water differently than nylon. Water softens the boar hair so if the bristles are too stiff before you brush, run water over them for a few seconds before applying toothpaste. Knowing that water softens the bristles is something to keep in mind when choosing how stiff of a boar head toothbrush you may want.

Also, brushing your teeth in the morning and at night before going to bed as prescribed in the Handbook of Dental Happiness allows sufficient time for the bristles to dry between uses, and this will extend the life of your toothbrush.

If you are interested in trying a boar head bristle toothbrush, you can find them on Amazon.com from European manufacturers like Brooks-Pearwood, Fuchs (pronounced “Fewks” to avoid any awkward pronunciation issues), Swissco, Koh-I-Noor and other manufacturers in a European village not near you.
Thanks for reading Agent Straight-Talk. Stay tuned next week for highlights from earlier topics in our AST series.

Sources: Type F.com, Shoebox Shaveshop, Fuchs.com

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