Chewing stick, also known as Miswak, is probably the oldest tool for cleaning your tooth. Chewing stick is used by millions all over the world, especially by Muslims to brush their teeth. In this post we will outline all the benefits of chewing stick.
Using a chewing stick to brush your teeth in the morning might sound too layman for you, but you’ll most likely change your mind once you read the benefits.
Chewing Stick (Miswak) can be made from Arak Trees, Olive trees, Walnut Trees and has antibacterial properties that have saved lots of people from cases such as tooth decay, plaque and worse. Multiple studies carried out by WHO has proved that people who use chewing stick on a regular basis have a better dental hygiene and require much lesser dental care than those who used toothpaste and powders.
You’re probably wondering how a stick can be so effective? Well the chewing stick has lots of active ingredients such as:
- Alkaloids – which have an antibacterial effect.
- Silica – helps removes stains
- Calcium, Chlorides, Fluorides – helps in re-mineralizing the tooth structure.
- Vitamin C
- Resins – helps prevent the formation of caries by forming a protective layer over the enamel.
- Tannins – natural astringent, stimulate premolar saliva production.
- Essential Oils – stimulates saliva production, helps relieve flatulence , gives a mild taste and fragrance.
BENEFITS OF CHEWING STICK
Most people are of the mindset that toothpaste are very essential to oral hygiene. However, the first toothpaste was invented in the mid 19th century. Chewing sticks is an ancient but very effective way of cleaning your teeth. It is also very safe to use and can be used by both adults and children.
This natural twig is known for its health and medicinal benefits. Here are some of the important benefits highlighted below. You’d probably go out and get yourself one, if you don’t have one already, after reading this.
1. Fights Tooth Decay and Cavities:
Tooth Decay occurs when the enamel is destroyed. There are lots of Bacteria present in our mouth (both good and bad). These bacteria use the starch and sugar present in food to produce acid that wears off the enamel, thereby causing tooth decay and cavity.
Saliva helps fight tooth decay by preventing buildup of acid. Chewing Stick helps increase the formation of saliva without any commercial enhancer or additives, thereby fighting tooth decay.
2. Protects Against Tartar and Plaque:
Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums as the bacteria grows and multiply. Buildup of plaque leads to formation of tartar, which is a visible yellow coloration that sticks to the teeth and gums and may cause gum disease and tooth loss in the future.
The bark of chewing stick contains antibiotics which prevents the growth of bacteria. Brushing your teeth with this twig helps prevent bacterial activities in the teeth thereby saving it from gum disease.
3. Removes Bad Breath:
Bad breath is an indicator of several dental issues ranging from gum disease to dental cavities. Lack of saliva production can also lead to bad breath.
Chewing stick has a strong antibacterial property as well as saliva production is an effective remedy for bad breath. Regular use of the twig will help get rid of bad mouth odor.
4. Protects And Strengthens The Gums:
The development of plaque into tartar can affect the gums and teeth by causing Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Advanced Periodontitis. Gingivitis is when the gums suffer from regular swelling and inflammation. Advanced
Periodontitis is when untreated gingivitis along with buildup of tartar which affects the bone structure causes the gums to recede and teeth loss.
Chewing Stick helps prevent the formation of plaque and tartar thereby reducing the chances of gingivitis and periodontitis thus keeping your gums healthy.
5. Fights Bacteria And Germs:
The mouth harbors more than 500 different types of bacteria, some of them good. Most of the bacteria in our mouth helps in the breakdown of food while some are actively destroying the teeth and gums.
In numerous studies, chewing stick has been shown to contain active antibacterial compounds that fight bacterial growth in the mouth, especially when used on a regular basis.
6. Strengthens Teeth Enamel:
The natural twig contains potassium, sodium, chloride, sodium bicarbonate and calcium oxide. These help to strengthen the tooth enamel
- Cut off one end of your Chewing Stick
- Chew on the cut end until the twig becomes soft and bristles are formed at the center. You can moisten it with water to make it a bit soft.
- Once the bristles are formed, brush your teeth the same way you use a regular toothbrush.
As you can see, Chewing stick is definitely a must have for better dental health. The great thing about the twig is it’s also very affordable. All you have to do is get a new one after the old one wears out.