Download: Miswak: A cultural Heritage PDF
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
http://www.allthingsislam.com.au (this site is now closed)
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
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:
Zaitoon or Olive tree
Any bitter tree
Miswak of the Peelo Tree
“And, the finest of Miswaks is the Peelo, then the Olive.”
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.”
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.
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.
” . . 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.”
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
from MY Plastic-Free Life
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!
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.
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.
Almost as good as Interdens, if not better.
Sweden or Switzerland or Norway, they all seem to rebrand for various companies, so i would recommend buying from Japanese as they are artisans when it comes to woodsticks. and all automated, so still get the good price.
Who made them? Interdens by GSK Glaxo Smith Kline UK and Stim U Dent by Johnson & Johnson. I have never tried the Stimudent by either the original or the latest Chinese version marketed by natural dentist, so i cannot compare the Japanese one i recommend
I have used interdens since my mother introduced them to me as a child, in the 1960′s. Mother had all her own teeth and she used interdens daily. the text is true “With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your natural teeth for life. “
They are the next best thing to having a neem tree – and they are affordable. They make sense to children, to adults to everyone. Get them. You won’t regret it.
The text on the interden packet:
DIRECTIONS FOR USE Hold interdens stick near the centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion. Interdens sticks remove plaque from the interdental spaces, cleansing surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush. Help you keep your natural teeth for life. Use anywhere, any time.
Interdens are recognized by the dental profession as a valuable aid to good oral hygiene and health. They are produced from a specially selected grade of wood for their ideal texture, and are impregnated with a breath freshener to refresh the mouth.
Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film) from those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.
The bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which can cause inflammation of the gums.
Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.
With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening effect for care of tender gums. Use for children only on dental recommendation.
My Review for Jordon Woodsticks
artificial mint flavour
imbued with toxic fluoride
wood is not as soft, so breaks more easily in teeth
these are made in norway, where they use the white birch.
Komon Pattern Triangular Toothpick 3 Sets x 3 from Osaka Prefecture
APPROX 10 cents each without postage from japansquare.com
This item won the gold prize in the TRADITIONAL JAPAN category of the “Most Charming Japanese Souvenir Contest 2011″ held by the Japan Tourism Agency.
With this triangle-shaped dental pick made for cleaning the narrow space between teeth, you can remove plaque using the top two surfaces, lightly press the interdental papilla with the bottom surface to massage your gums. This massage facilitates blood flow which helps prevent gum disease. These toothpicks are popular in the U.S. and Europe. You can easily take them with you to clean your teeth right after your meal. They are considered to be the most important tool for preventing gum disease in the U.S. and Europe.
●Material: Hokkaido White Birch
●Made in Osaka Prefecture
●Brand Name: Cleardent
●Color/ Design A x 3 sets, Design B x 3 sets
●Approximate Size: 65 x 5 x 220mm
●Product Weight: Approximately 6g
●Total Weight Including Packaging: Approximately 23g
●Contains: 9 packs (3 sets x 3)
●Comes with portable case
●Triangular dental toothpicks are used to conveniently clean between the teeth.
The original purpose of traditional toothpicks was for putting on food. That’s why they are called cocktail picks and are treated as kitchenware. Those round cocktail toothpicks can damage your gums.
Te Pe Dental sticks without fluoride
apparently made in Sweden
TePe Munhygienprodukter AB
SE-213 76 Malmö
Tel: 040-670 11 00
Fax: 040-670 11 11
It is recommended to use dental sticks nightly between all the interdental spaces to help prevent overnight bacteria growth. Choose a wooden stick size that will fit your interdental spaces. If necessary, let your dentist or dental hygienist find the right size for you. For extra caries protection, choose a fluoride impregnated dental stick. If you use fluoride impregnated dental sticks, wait at least half an hour before you eat or drink. The released fluoride will then stay in your mouth and help prevent dental caries.
Moisten the dental stick in your mouth before using it. This will make it last longer, be more pliable and have a better fluoride effect. Move the dental stick, flat side against gum tissue, back and forth in each interdental space. Dental sticks will clean larger surfaces if angled. If you hold one or more fingers against your chin, you will get more stability and better control.
6 Reasons Why Dentists Recommend Triangular-Shaped Wooden Dental Sticks!
1. The triangular shape.
Designed in the shape of an isosceles triangle, 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, they 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.
They 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 they 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!)
6. You’ll actually use them!
They unchain you from your bathroom sink – remove plaque after every meal, on the phone, watching TV, in the car, after you go to bed. Seriously. Anywhere, anytime.
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. 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
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.
“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.
Paro 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
Stim-U-Dent used to be branded by Johnson & Johnson. 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 ————- 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. —-
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/ 6 Reasons Why Dentists Recommend It!
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
Stimudents 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 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
Dr.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
http://www.dentalfloss.co.uk/floss/idb/ this swiss company Peri-dent Limited Suite 3 – First Floor Suite, Anderson Chambers, Market Street, Galashiels, Scotland TD1 3AF Tel: + 44 (0) 1896 754400 Fax: + 44 (0) 1896 754402 e: email@example.com appear to be made by jordon
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.