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Swak – the vegan toothbrush has arrived –

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Combining the brilliance of tree sticks with contemporary eco handle design – the dawn of a new era = fancy MISWAK toothbrush    SWAK from Germany

How to SWAK
Plaque is removed thoroughly and gently, even in places a conventional toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque removal with a conventional brush often causes damage to teeth and gums which doesn’t happen with SWAK.

How?

When brushing your teeth with the SWAK toothbrush the moistened head is moved gently over the necks of your teeth. Thus plaque is gently removed from your teeth.

How often?
Once a day is more than enough; at the earliest it takes 24 hours before plaque bacteria produce acids which then start to attack the teeth.

How long?
You only need to clean until each tooth feels smooth; you can check with your tongue if there is still plaque on your teeth. Using the tip of your tongue you can check each individual tooth; plaque feels rough and furry, clean teeth feel smooth!

Where?

The SWAK toothbrush offers you the chance to brush your teeth whenever and wherever you want, even out of the house as you neither need water nor toothpaste. You’re no longer chained to the sink; the SWAK toothbrush is used flexibly in many situations: whilst watching television, or at the computer, in the car…actually anywhere and everywhere!

How to brush your teeth with SWAK
Teeth cleaning with the SWAK toothbrush is carried out using the “swing technique”. The bristle head is moved gently over each tooth’s surface close to the neck ensuring existing plaque bacteria colonies are removed (disorganised) and therefore rendered harmless: no toothpaste necessary!

Some Tips:
* To change the taste of the miswak wood, a drop of tooth oil can be dripped onto the SWAK head.
* Hard bristles can be softened by gently nibbling the tip.
Bristles that are too long can be moistened and then cut with regular scissors.
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Children can use the SWAK toothbrush on their own at the earliest at age 7.
* The SWAK Tooth Salt contains the health-promoting components of the miswak wood and works on healing on inflamed gums.
* Like with conventional toothbrushes the SWAK should not be kept in an airtight container.

Note:

As with conventional nylon toothbrushes the SWAK should not be kept in an airtight container. When used with the “swing technique” the SWAK bristle head is very durable. A replacement of the bristle head only becomes necessary when a decreased cleaning action is noticed when checking your teeth with your tongue.

 

buy a handcarved woodpick

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http://www.davidprince.org/shoppe/

The Lumberjack (David Prince or Charlene Reichert) is camped out in the Gallery. The Lumberjack whittles toothpicks and is happy to engage in conversation. Toothpicks are for sale! They are available directly from The Lumberjack in the gallery or online at  http://www.davidprince.org/shoppe/.

 

Miswak

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Buy Miswak :  Natural Toothbrush  |   Amazon   |   Neem Tree Farm   |  Google   |   Miswakstick.com   |  The Islamic Bookstore  |  Ebay Facebook  |  Miswak Promo $2 instead of $20

Download:   Miswak: A cultural Heritage PDF

http://www.miswakstick.com/files/Miswak-Scientific-Benifits.pdf

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!

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

 


Woodsticks: On the hunt for Interdens

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The most readily available product similar to the much appreciated Interdens are the lesser quality Jordon Woodsticks.  I am thinking perhaps Interdens were being made elsewhere by a different company. Or perhaps a product equally as good. So began this hunt. Below are my findings.


Koeisha & Company Cleardent located in Kawachinagano City, in south of Osaka Description of Business Founded in 1917, Koeisha & Company is a fourth-generation manufacturer of toothpicks. The company develops all of its own manufacturing equipment. For 50 years, the company has been exporting its Dental Pick triangular toothpicks for protecting teeth to the northern European market. Only nine companies worldwide produce this toothpick, with Koeisha & Company being the only company in Japan. Taking this opportunity, the company has developed and manufactures its own original dental care products. The Doctor Pick toothpick for cleaning interdental spaces was developed in collaboration with government and academia, taking the conventional round toothpick and processing its tip into a triangular shape. This toothpick is a world first. Other products conceived by the company include: the tongue cleaner, for removing deposits from the tongue safely; the Dental Peeling Sponge for removing colored stains from teeth without damaging them; and special toothbrushes for cleaning molars. Having developed the relevant manufacturing equipment, these products are now on available for purchase. http://youtu.be/rojm49NV_Pk  Koeisha Co Ltd “Cleardent” website     and Facebook page We introduced a production machine from U.S.A. in last years in the Taisho era, and Wemade handmade toothpicks till then and I opened a way and built the basics as the local industry of today’s here to the production with the machine. White birch materials used in nothing came to be utilized for the first time till then. Thereafter, for 80 rest of life, I walked it as a professional maker, and went ahead through a study and the development of the product consistently and reclaimed the export market where it was not thought till then and brought about many new products in the domestic market. As local industry of Kawachinagano, it is taken up by the textbook of the social studies of the third grader of the elementary school, and it is come for a visit every year several schools. Cleardent makes Three types of Toothpick. The following three videos of Cleardent manufacture correspond to these three types. Cleardent has a you tube channel. 1.  Triangular “Japan Pick”  –  “DOCTOR Pick” for teeth. 2.  Triangular “Comb”  – “DENTAL Pick” for teeth. 3.  Round “Cocktail Pick” NOT for teeth, rather for use as a skewer for olives and such. http://youtu.be/aDx_XKScQKc http://youtu.be/pSmTB_of83w http://youtu.be/BN0fc7Oie94 —————————— “Doctor pick” has been developed first in the world under the technical guidance of REC (Ryukoku University Extension Center) to clean the interdental spaces after meals and massage the gum between teeth. “Doctor Pick”is made from white birch with adequate strength and stickness. The sweet material Xylitol is made from white birch too. image1 The interdental space is just like a narrow triangle shape. Removing the plaque and massaging the gum help promote the blood circulation and the prevent gum disease.(This was announced at the study of Dental division of Japan Human Factors held at Tsurumi University on September 1,2001.) Toothpick of triangle shape for interdental cleaning and massaging after meals has evolved into a quite a new Doctor Pick in line with the growing demand for prevention of gum disease. 1. Base of triangle shape fits gently to the interdental space and gives adequate massage to the gum. 2. Scrub off the stain on surface with platula side. 3. Spatula side scrubs off the plaque on the surface especially boundary of teeth and gum

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Doctor Pick 180 pieces

Triangular “Japan Pick”  – “DOCTOR Pick” Products or parts description     One end of Doctor Pick is triangular, designed according to the space between teeth. Features     Because of its shape, formed according to the space between teeth, Doctor Pick does not damage the gum or teeth, while effectively removing detritus from the teeth and massaging the gum. Field of use     In addition to general stores and drug stores, Doctor Pick is marketed to hotels and restaurants including fancy Japanese-style restaurants, after being packaged in a paper sleeve with a customer’s name printed on it. ———————————————- Triangular “Comb” – “DENTAL Pick Products or parts description     Our triangular dental picks aren’t just convenient-they’re quite simply the most important tool available for cleaning between the teeth. And they come with a carrying case. Traditional round toothpicks were originally designed for cooking purposes and used for skewering pieces of fruit and other foods. They’re basically for kitchen use, which is why they’re sometimes called “cocktail picks”. Features     And it’s a well-known fact that forcing a big round toothpick in between your teeth can and does injure your sensitive gums. But our dental picks are made triangular so they fit easily in the narrow spaces between your teeth. The two upper edges are designed to scrape away the plaque that gets lodged on the surfaces of your teeth, while the base lightly presses and massages the fleshy part of the gums between your teeth. Field of use     This massaging action promotes blood flow to the gums, which is very important for the prevention of gum disease. The practice has already gained wide acceptance in Europe and the US. You can carry a packet of our dental picks with you wherever you go and use them to care for your teeth after every meal. Dental picks are for the protection of teeth and gums, so find them sold at most pharmacies as well as in the toothbrush aisle of volume retail stores.

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Pack 2 – 140 pieces with case

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“Dental Picks” are the triangular toothpicks developed according to the spaces between teeth. The section of pick is an isosceles triangle ; its two sides will clean the teeth and its base will massage the gums. An occasion uses one three angles of connected toothpicks. The raw materials use the white birch which is raw materials of the xylitol of the sweetener and have you use it in peace. With a case for carrying, it is clean for carrying around at the time of going out and is convenient at all.


pero 3Paro Fresh Sticks provide a refreshing mint flavoring for a pleasing aftertaste. Due to the Paro Fresh Stick’s triangular cross section, paro medicinal picks are ideally, suited for cleaning the tight spaces between teeth and massaging interdental gingival tissues. By moistening the toothpick in saliva before use, it will soften and be more flexible. Made in Switzerland. AND,  a good sign – it has been stamped with a seal of FSC – Forest Stewardship Council – AND not a mention of fluoride, so perhaps the mint is real essential oil of mint and not a substitute. Buy Paro  Triangular “Combs” with mint  –    6 packs of 96 sticks for $USD 45.90  including flat postage rate to australia  – that’s 8 cents per stick. ———- Paro Fresh Sticks makes 3 types of Sticks: 1.  Flat Double End – #1750 – paro solidox, 96pcs 
double-ended 2. Triangular “Combs” Thin – #1751 – paro micro-stick, 96pcs 
super-thin 3. Triangular “Combs” with mint – #1755 – paro fresh-stick, 96pcs paro 2


Stim-U-Dent used to be branded by Johnson & Johnson. $_35 Now you can buy Stim-U-Dent branded by Revive Personal Products, trademarked the Natural Dentist : Dental Depot      Amazon      Walgreens      Stimudent Thin from  Amazon           Western Dental 144 packs made in china Paterson Dental     Johnson & Johnson Stim-U-Dent® Plaque Removers are soft wooden picks shaped to clean between teeth and gently stimulate gums. These biodegradable interdental cleaners are made from Basswood (Linden) from managed forests in Michigan and are clinically proven to fight gingivitis by removing plaque from between teeth. American Wholesale 12 packs     All rights to Stim-U-Dent were sold by Johnson and Johnson in 2008 to Revive Personal Products, a division of Caldwell Consumer Health. J&J is no longer manufacturing the product. Product now distributed by Revive Personal Products ————- 41tyFrfanxL._SL500_Feedback from Amazon customers who bought what they thought was the original high-quality orangewood product produced under Joihnson & Johnson: I specifically ordered these STIMUDENTS because they were advertised as the “Johnson and Johnson” product, but when I received them they were a product made in China by “Revive Personal Products”. I’d used this brand before and they tended to break, split, or get soggy. THe exterior packaging and wording are almost identical to the J&J packaging, so they LOOK like the real Stimudents. —-

The item pictured and advertised as a genuine Johnson & Johnson product was not a JNJ product. Amazon should not advertise it as Johnson & Johnson. The original product was superior to the product that is being sent to customers who answer the Johnson & Johnson ad.
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This product was formerly produced in the US. It now comes from China and it has a rather nasty aftertaste and collapses easily.
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StimudentBetween StimudentPk stimudentsOutOfPk Stimudents are simply a very thin wooden toothpick made of orangewood (from an orange tree – a softwood). You can buy them in many drug stores (especially CVS and Walgreens) or super markets.  They work just as well as floss to clean between your teeth. (They can be hard to find, but you can call Johnson & Johnson at 800-526-3967.  Wait until the automatic answering system gives you a choice to go to the oral health section.  Once there you can speak to a representative who can tell you all the stores in your area where they are sold.)  Simply break one off , wet the end by sucking on it, and begin cleaning between each of your teeth just as you would use a toothpick at a restaurant. Notice that the Stimudents have a wedge shaped cross section. The flat edge is placed closest to the gums while the point is pointing toward the edges of the teeth . The Stimudents are pushed as far between the teeth as they will go. You can reach the furthest spaces back in your mouth as I am doing here. At first, you will experience some bleeding and some discomfort because the plaque bacteria have caused a chronic infection in the gums, and like any infected tissue, it hurts when it is touched. However the pain and bleeding subsides within a week or two after you start using them. These little sticks are worth their weight in gold, because they have worked so well to cure so many of my more motivated patients’ chronic periodontal disease.  Since they are disposable, the patient does not have to be near running water to use them.  They frequently use them while commuting to work or watching television. It feels great to use them, especially after the disease clears up, and once patients notice that the bleeding has stopped and their teeth are no longer mobile, they feel good about themselves. Stimudent this is a fairly decent attempt by Natural Dentist to give the people what tey want, including putting out a thick version and a thin Version, to get chinese to package it as Stimudent as in the very good product made of orange wood sold by johnson and johnson   = but it just does not come up to scratch, as these bad review below. Bad Reviews on Amazon for Stimudent copy Made in China by Revive Personal Products http://www.bleedinggums.co\\m/stim-u-dent/   stick sudHeaderMobile 6 Reasons Why Dentists Recommend It!

1. The triangular shape.

Designed in the shape of an isosceles triangle, Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers fit perfectly between your teeth. By placing the base of the triangle against the gum tissue, you can remove plaque from the inner tooth surfaces and massage the gum tissue all in one motion.
2. The tapered point.

The tapered point fits so perfectly between your teeth, no matter how tall or short that space is.  Perfect for dislodging food particles and plaque – keeping you clean and comfortable.
3. The wood.

Made of special wood that creates the ideal texture and flexibility when wet, Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers squeeze in between teeth and remove sticky plaque before it becomes tartar (the stuff your dental hygienist has to scrape off during your cleanings).  And the wood is biodegradable and comes from managed forests.
4. They stimulate your gums.

Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers will remove plaque and food from between your teeth, but that’s only the beginning.  The in-and-out motion used also stimulates blood flow to your gum tissue – keeping your gums nourished and healthy.
5. They’re safe.

The flexibility of the wood means Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers will bend or break if you push too hard – they will never shift or damage your teeth.  (Don’t try that with a conventional wooden toothpick!)

Carbamide peroxide

Most people are familiar with carbamide peroxide since it is the agent most commonly used for bleaching (whitening) the teeth.  The dental profession has recently begun to recommend carbamide peroxide as a means of preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay in patients who are unable to carry out normal oral hygiene measures such as regular brushing and flossing.  For patients like these, rubber trays are fabricated to fit over both the teeth and the gingiva.  The tooth indents in the trays are filled with 10% carbamide peroxide and the patient wears the trays for two hours once a day, or overnight.  The carbamide peroxide breaks down into 3.5% hydrogen peroxide and 6.5% urea when it contacts plaque.  The urea further breaks down into ammonia and carbon dioxide under the action of bacteria.  The hydrogen peroxide kills the plaque bacteria, and the ammonia raises the PH of the plaque neutralizing the acid that causes tooth decay.

– See more at: http://doctorspiller.com/Prevention.htm#sthash.Zy7HuPXp.dpuf

Using toothpicks (Stimudents)

Stimudent Stimudent Stimudent

StimudentStimudents are simply a very thin wooden toothpick made of orangewood. You can buy them in many drug stores (especially CVS and Walgreens) or super markets.  They work just as well as floss to clean between your teeth. (They can be hard to find, but you can call Johnson & Johnson at 800-526-3967.  Wait until the automatic answering system gives you a choice to go to the oral health section.  Once there you can speak to a representative who can tell you all the stores in your area where they are sold.)  Simply break one off (see the middle image above), wet the end by sucking on it, and begin cleaning between each of your teeth just as you would use a toothpick at a restaurant. Notice that the Stimudents have a wedge shaped cross section (see the image at the right). The flat edge is placed closest to the gums while the point Stimudent is pointing toward the edges of the teeth .The Stimudents are pushed as far between the teeth as they will go (see the rightmost image in the grouping of three above). You can reach the furthest spaces back in your mouth as I am doing here. At first, you will experience some bleeding and some discomfort because the plaque bacteria have caused a chronic infection in the gums, and like any infected tissue, it hurts when it is touched. However the pain and bleeding subsides within a week or two after you start using them. These little sticks are worth their weight in gold, because they have worked so well to cure so many of my more motivated patients’ chronic periodontal disease.  Since they are disposable, the patient does not have to be near running water to use them.  They frequently use them while commuting to work or watching television. It feels great to use them, especially after the disease clears up, and once patients notice that the bleeding has stopped and their teeth are no longer mobile, they feel good about themselves. – See more at: http://doctorspiller.com/Prevention.htm#sthash.Zy7HuPXp.dpuf


cleanpicDr.Collins Cleanpics aren’t just your ordinary toothpick, they are so much more! When you think of toothpicks, you picture small round wooden sticks that break easily and can hurt gums. Dr.Collins Cleanpics are in function the complete opposite. Cleanpics look like little swords, small, thin, and flat with a curved edge. This makes it a breeze to slide in between teeth, even through tight spaces. Each cleanpic is made to be fully flexible, making it incredibly easy to reach those hard to reach places. Cleanpics are also textured on each side to grab and pick up debris with no trouble. Each box is a portable carrying case that fits 32 cleanpics, so you can always have one ready to use. Keep them in your pocket, purse, car, anywhere! Made in the USA


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DENTAL STICKS

The triangular shape of our dental sticks is designed to fit neatly into interdental spaces, and protect your gums and dental enamel from being damaged during the cleaning process. Our dental sticks are made of birch wood which works as a natural disinfectant, its texture and gently abrasive surface removes plaque efficiently and effectively. Available with a single or double end, and flavour can be added if required. Packaging options include plastic sleeves, carton displays, pocket packs and table containers. Jordan-sticks-blister-pack-390px

Powders and Paste

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Home made recipe at Econest

Home made Tooth Paste

index Lots of factors contribute to stained, yellow teeth. Drinking beverages that contain tannins, like coffee, tea and red wine contribute to yellow stains. Chewing and smoking tobacco can also stain our teeth.

So, how can we whiten our smiles without paying large amounts for professional teeth bleaching or expensive over the counter teeth whiteners or damaging our dear mother earth?

The trick I use at home, is simple, quick and inexpensive. Does this sound too good too be true?

Try it.

The recipe? Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. That’s it.

Pour some hydrogen peroxide into its cap and add a big pinch of baking soda. Brush with this “paste” for a imagesfew minutes, a couple of times a week.

After achieving the whiteness desired, move to a once a week maintenance routine.

How does it work? Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a slightly alkaline powder that when dissolved in water, releases free radicals. The free radicals from the mixture interact with the stain molecules on the teeth enamel (outer layer of the teeth) and scrape off the yellow and brown stains. It also removes plaque from the teeth.

Baking soda is one of the cheapest commercial teeth whiteners present in the market today. One box of baking soda costs very little, and this one box can be used for over a hundred brushings. Baking soda has actually been recommended by some dentists to help fight gum disease.

Hydrogen peroxide has a whitening effect because it can pass easily into the outermost layer of the tooth, and acts as an oxidizing agent in breaking up stain deposits. Bleaching teeth with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is acknowledged as a safe practice by ecodentists.

Go easy. Use your common sense. Using baking soda in moderation. And do not deliberately swallow hydrogen peroxide.  A little will certainly not hurt you. The views expressed in this article are only meant as suggestions.

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here is another version step by step:

  • Pour 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of hydrogen peroxide into 3 teaspoons (15 milliliters) of baking soda. Mix these together until a paste forms. Play with these measurements until you find a consistency that you like. The paste should be similar in thickness to toothpaste.
  • Add a tiny bit of mint toothpaste to your homemade paste to give it a fresh flavor. You can also add a drop of peppermint extract.
  • Mix in a dash of salt. The salt will exfoliate your teeth as you brush.
  • Dollop the paste mixture onto your toothbrush.
  • Brush the paste onto your teeth in small, circular motions. Once all teeth are covered, let the mixture sit on your teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse the solution off of your teeth by swishing with water from the bathroom sink.
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste to rid your mouth of any remnants of the hydrogen peroxide mixture.

Carbamide peroxide & Hydrogen Peroxide for teeth whitening.
Most people are familiar with carbamide peroxide since it is the agent most commonly used for bleaching (whitening) the teeth.  The dental profession has recently begun to recommend carbamide peroxide as a means of preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay in patients who are unable to carry out normal oral hygiene measures such as regular brushing and flossing.  For patients like these, rubber trays are fabricated to fit over both the teeth and the gingiva.  The tooth indents in the trays are filled with 10% carbamide peroxide and the patient wears the trays for two hours once a day, or overnight.  The carbamide peroxide breaks down into 3.5% hydrogen peroxide and 6.5% urea when it contacts plaque.  The urea further breaks down into ammonia and carbon dioxide under the action of bacteria.  The hydrogen peroxide kills the plaque bacteria, and the ammonia raises the PH of the plaque neutralizing the acid that causes tooth decay.

Hydrogen Peroxide does not harm teeth, in fact it keeps the mouth free of harmful bacteria.


Holistic Dental Tooth Powder

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100% Natural Full Strength Ingredients: Wildcrafted White Oak bark, Organic Plantain herb, Organic Peppermint leaf, Aloe vera resin, Wildcrafted Horsetail herb, Myrrh gum, Organic Clove bud, Organic Lobelia herb & seed, Goldenseal root.

Our Natural Tooth Powder Ingredients and Their Purpose

  • Wildcrafted White Oak Bark – anti-inflamatory, astringent, rich in vitamins
  • Organic Plantain – tightens tissues and is soothing.
  • Organic Peppermint – antibacterial provides relief and relaxation
  • Aloe Vera Resin- known for its ability to heal and to soothe
  • Wildcrafted Horestail – Can be effective in strengthening nails, hair, and teeth
  • Wildcrafted Myrrh Gum – Soothing
  • Organic Clove Bud – Freshens breath and prevents tooth and gum disintegration
  • Organic Lobelia herb and seed – medicinal “cure all” plant
  • Wildcrafted Goldenseal root – natural antibiotic, and all purpose healer
  • Willow Charcoal – gently whitens teeth
  • Menthol derived from corn mint
  • Licorice Root

Conditions: Gingivitis, pyorrhea, and other tooth and gum problems. Might assist in tightening loose teeth. Excellent for normal brushing. This can replace toothpastes. *Please consult with your dentist or doctor if you have significant health problems or significant gum disease before using this product.

Directions: Apply generously to moistened tooth brush and brush teeth as usual.

The experience of using: You will feel a strong minty/ menthol taste as the herbs clean, heal, give nutrients to and disinfect your mouth. If you are highly sensitive to tastes and smells, this product may be too strong for you.

Note: If the toothpowder discolors your tooth brush, then you can clean your tooth brush with hot water or some natural soap and that usually makes it white again. (Holistic Dental Toothpowder Does Not Stain Teeth)

Jar Size: 2 ounces
Tooth Powder by Weight: 1 ounce

Gums (Bleeding, Loose Teeth, Inflammation)

This herbal combination will disinfect, reduce inflammation and tighten up the teeth and gum. Works well with Herbal Mouth wash two-three times per day.

Tooth Powder vs. Tooth Paste

Tooth powders contain herbs which apply nutrients and natural medicines to your teeth and gums. Our tooth powder is very mildly abrasive and is in general less abrasive than tooth pastes and less abrasive than baking soda or other tooth powders made with low cost filler ingredients. The herbs in this herbal tooth powder are potent.

Tooth paste is usually toxic with cheap fillers and ingredients. Many ingredients might be unlisted or mislabeled as cosmetic products do not require the same standards of food. Tooth pastes usually contain abrasive ingredients to make teeth look white and to polish off the plaque. Unfortunately it is difficult to perceive how abrasive the sand in them is because it is blended as a paste.


EcoDent ExtraBrite

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Premium Oral Care Products
Extrabrite
More Whitening Power
Dazzling Mint Tooth Whitener
Without Fluoride
Naturally Effervescent
Baking Soda Toothpowder
Net Wt 2 Oz/56 G
Up To 200 Brushings

ExtraBrite toothpowder. Many people are not familiar with using a toothpowder, but it really is very simple. The product comes in a 2 ounce bottle with an ‘easy-pour’ cap. Simply pour an amount approximately the size of a pea onto a moistened toothbrush and brush away! The product tastes great, has a consistent foaming-action, and actually makes your teeth feel “squeaky clean” due to the action of the baking soda base.*

ExtraBrite uses a mint flavor which leaves your breath fresh and literally makes you want to smile. It’s also sugar free, so it does not have the over-bearing sweetness of most modern toothpastes.*

Eco-DenT toothpowders have been consistently praised by dentists and researchers both in Europe and the USA for over 70 years. Dr. David C Kennedy, DDS, past president of the Preventive Dental Health Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, perhaps said it best when he wrote his opinion:

“I have used and recommended Eco-Dent for many years in my dental practice and can highly recommend Eco-DenT ExtraBrite – Tooth Whitener – Dazzling Mint for those who want an effective non-toxic cleaner. Clinically I’ve seen patients who were able to remineralize incipient decay with Eco-Dent .” *

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Tartaric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate, Calcium Peroxide, Sea Salt, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Coconut derived), Hydrated Silica, Natural Flavoring Oils, Guar Gum, Myrrh Extract

Suggested Use
Apply small amount to moistened toothbrush. Brush as usual. For a great smile, brush with Extra-Brite two (2) times daily for two to three (2-3) weeks. Then maintain your new smile with Eco-DenT DailyCare.
Warnings
Not recommended for children under twelve (12). … Some individuals may be sensitive to ExtraBrite’s powerful oxidizing whitener. If gums become sensitive, decrease or discontinue use.
Allergen Info
100% Cruelty Free. No Dyes or Sweeteners. 100% Natural Ingredients

And the company cites an article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, which states that Nylon 4 — the material from which the bristles happen to be made — is also biodegradable in soil:

9.2. Nylon 4
It has been reported that nylon 4 was degraded in the soil [88] and in the activated sludge [89]. The results confirmed that Nylon 4 is readily degradable in the environment. Furthermore, the biodegradability of nylon 4 and nylon 6 blends was investigated in compost and activated sludge. The nylon 4 in the blend was completely degraded in 4 months while nylon 6 was not degraded [90]. Recently, Yamano et al. was able to isolate polyamide 4 degrading microorganisms (ND-10 and ND-11) from activated sludge. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas sp. The supernatant from the culture broth of strain ND-11 degraded completely the emulsified nylon 4 in 24 h and produced γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as degradation product [91].

– See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/05/eco-friendly-toothbrush-review-and-giveaway/#sthash.DMFJFdAm.dpuf

And the company cites an article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, which states that Nylon 4 — the material from which the bristles happen to be made — is also biodegradable in soil:

9.2. Nylon 4
It has been reported that nylon 4 was degraded in the soil [88] and in the activated sludge [89]. The results confirmed that Nylon 4 is readily degradable in the environment. Furthermore, the biodegradability of nylon 4 and nylon 6 blends was investigated in compost and activated sludge. The nylon 4 in the blend was completely degraded in 4 months while nylon 6 was not degraded [90]. Recently, Yamano et al. was able to isolate polyamide 4 degrading microorganisms (ND-10 and ND-11) from activated sludge. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas sp. The supernatant from the culture broth of strain ND-11 degraded completely the emulsified nylon 4 in 24 h and produced γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as degradation product [91].

– See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/05/eco-friendly-toothbrush-review-and-giveaway/#sthash.DMFJFdAm.dpuf

And the company cites an article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, which states that Nylon 4 — the material from which the bristles happen to be made — is also biodegradable in soil:

9.2. Nylon 4
It has been reported that nylon 4 was degraded in the soil [88] and in the activated sludge [89]. The results confirmed that Nylon 4 is readily degradable in the environment. Furthermore, the biodegradability of nylon 4 and nylon 6 blends was investigated in compost and activated sludge. The nylon 4 in the blend was completely degraded in 4 months while nylon 6 was not degraded [90]. Recently, Yamano et al. was able to isolate polyamide 4 degrading microorganisms (ND-10 and ND-11) from activated sludge. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas sp. The supernatant from the culture broth of strain ND-11 degraded completely the emulsified nylon 4 in 24 h and produced γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as degradation product [91].

– See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/05/eco-friendly-toothbrush-review-and-giveaway/#sthash.DMFJFdAm.dpuf