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?
asked byKikilula (1994)
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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.
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.
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).
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
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.)