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Who uses a Miswak Stick as a Toothbrush?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 07, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I'm looking for an alterative method to clean my teeth. I tested seasalt, but it's irritating my gums...

Then I read about Miswak Sticks. To me it looks real Paleo.

Have you used it? Can you recomend it?

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(1994)

on December 30, 2010
at 11:09 PM

Perhaps the teeth of those medieval skeletons had less tooth decay because they ate more animal fats and had better vitamin D levels (children playing in the sun) - inspite of grains consumed... it were only the poor who ate a lot of bread, the better of consumed lots of meat, fish and wild game instead....

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on November 11, 2010
at 05:55 AM

Some people don't understand fluoride naturally occurs in ground water and isn't part of a government mind control scheme. Those same people probably didn't know that the process of fluoridation came about because a dentist noticed that people in areas with high levels of fluoride had a statistically significantly lower rate of dental disease than those in areas with low levels of fluoride in the ground water. (They probably don't know that "fluoridated" water in some municipalities actually had their fluoride levels reduced.)

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(383)

on November 10, 2010
at 05:06 AM

Some people will argue that you should avoid flouride at all cost

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on November 08, 2010
at 05:20 PM

In their AGBs (policies) they mention delivery to EU and Swizerland, customers from other countrys should send a request about shipping costs to versand@zahnbewusstsein.de

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on November 08, 2010
at 02:12 PM

do they sell it here in the US anywhere?

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on September 26, 2010
at 09:29 PM

Methuselah at Pay Now Live Later recently started using miswak: http://paynowlivelater.blogspot.com/2010/09/ditching-bathroom-chemicals-update.html

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on August 07, 2010
at 08:34 PM

Looks interesting! I'm in the middle east but I've never heard of it. I'll ask my Arab friends.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 07, 2010
at 07:47 PM

I had yellowish teeth too and some brown plaque, because I drank a lot of black tea and the occacional glass of red wine. Since I switched from PUFA containing oils to coconut oil and animal fats, my teeth are becoming continually whiter. One thought behind my question ablove was to avoid the plastic waste of the conventional toothbrushes...

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on August 07, 2010
at 05:32 PM

There is a guy in NYC paleo who insists on using "natural" tooth cleaning methods. He recently went to the dentist and had several calories despite being very low carb. We didn't grow up in the stone age and our teeth and teeth bacterial populations are different...

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0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on November 08, 2010
at 07:02 AM

In Germany there is an alternative to the original miswak: the SWAK-toothbrush http://www.zahnbewusstsein.de/swak-zahnbuerste.htm ...invented and recommended by the dentist Thilo Grauheding.

Cf1189fc2e0acdd49ce566e43238ffb6

on November 08, 2010
at 02:12 PM

do they sell it here in the US anywhere?

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on November 08, 2010
at 05:20 PM

In their AGBs (policies) they mention delivery to EU and Swizerland, customers from other countrys should send a request about shipping costs to versand@zahnbewusstsein.de

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on May 14, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I use them and my teeth have never felt cleaner, my mouth doesn't feel as dry as it used to while using other toothpastes/powders, and my breath is fresh without having a specific flavor to it. My tooth sensitivities have almost completely gone away and my gums are looking healthier. I have tried a lot of natural products in the quest to clean up my life and I fully acknowledge that some are more hype than fact, but I really believe in miswaks and I even buy extras to give to my curious friends and family members. For the record I have tried different electric toothbrushes and even my favorite, the Sonicare, didn't leave my teeth feeling this clean.

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on August 07, 2010
at 05:36 PM

i use a normal toothbrush but i only brush with a 3:1 ratio of baking soda:sea salt. The important part of keeping your mouth clean is the MECHANICAL action of simply brushing the teeth and flossing. I use the bakingsoda/salt mix only because ive drank coffee my whole life and so am mildly battling a slight yellowish tint. The bakingsoda/salt is a surfactant (an abrassive).

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 07, 2010
at 07:47 PM

I had yellowish teeth too and some brown plaque, because I drank a lot of black tea and the occacional glass of red wine. Since I switched from PUFA containing oils to coconut oil and animal fats, my teeth are becoming continually whiter. One thought behind my question ablove was to avoid the plastic waste of the conventional toothbrushes...

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on December 30, 2010
at 03:18 PM

easy u can use lots of sticks. this isnt scinetific, more try and error


i just found this text. its short on ancient teeth cleaning. Blockquote

Blockquote> People seem to have used toothpicks, they were known from 3000 BC in Sumer and were a common element in Roman 'pocket sets'. Simple sticklike toothbrushes were also used by the Romans. (Ones with bristles originated in China about AD 1000, where they were used with powder made from soap beans). Unfortunately, the positive effects of attempts at oral hygiene in the Roman world were ruined by the use of tooth powders with abrasive ingredients such a semery, those made teeth look nice and shiny but at the same time ground away the surface, exposing the pulp.

Skeletons from medieval times that ahve been examined have shown very little tooth decay. In 'Medieval Lives', Terry Jones writes:

'When the graveyard at Wharram Percy was excavated, archaeologists found 687 peasant skeletons, enoughj for them to draw some firm conclusions about health and ageing. There was very little tooth decay - none in any of the children's skeletons. In fact the medieval diet, with lots of coarse grains and grit in the bread, was much better for human teeth than our own. It meant they were worn down to a flat plane leaving no crevices in which food could fester. But fossilized plaque in some skeletons teeth does suggest that many of the people at Wharram Percy ha dsuffered from chronic bad breath. This was a bit of an issue in medieval times, Wales a woman could divorce her husband on the grounds of his halitosis.'Blockquote

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0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 30, 2010
at 11:09 PM

Perhaps the teeth of those medieval skeletons had less tooth decay because they ate more animal fats and had better vitamin D levels (children playing in the sun) - inspite of grains consumed... it were only the poor who ate a lot of bread, the better of consumed lots of meat, fish and wild game instead....

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6738ae1082ab735fc5fbd92baf7544d7

on November 09, 2010
at 06:50 PM

If you're concerned more about plastics and waste and less about "alternatives" then you should consider something like a RADIUS tooth brush. They're made from cellulose so they're biodegradable. There are also recyclable toothbrushes on the market which help reduce waste.

You might also want to consider using Tom's of Maine toothpaste as their ingredients are minimal, and they offer fluoride versions of their toothpastes which I feel is a very important toothpaste requirement. (I consume more bottled water than I'd like to admit so I'm not getting enough fluoride from my drinking water.)

6738ae1082ab735fc5fbd92baf7544d7

(200)

on November 11, 2010
at 05:55 AM

Some people don't understand fluoride naturally occurs in ground water and isn't part of a government mind control scheme. Those same people probably didn't know that the process of fluoridation came about because a dentist noticed that people in areas with high levels of fluoride had a statistically significantly lower rate of dental disease than those in areas with low levels of fluoride in the ground water. (They probably don't know that "fluoridated" water in some municipalities actually had their fluoride levels reduced.)

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on November 10, 2010
at 05:06 AM

Some people will argue that you should avoid flouride at all cost

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