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The siwak is one of the most effective utensils on earth, and a miracle method for improving dental hygiene. Who would have thought that a little piece of wood called Salvadora Persica would be at the pinnacle of tooth care?

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The siwak is one of the most effective utensils on earth, and a miracle method for improving dental hygiene. Who would have thought that a little piece of wood called Salvadora Persica would be at the pinnacle of tooth care? So much so, that toothpaste designers have a soft spot for arakwood powder and cloves in their dental paste. For those who are unfamiliar with it and wish to use it on a daily basis, please follow this short online guide.

How to use meswak over time?

At first glance, siwak looks like a small piece of rough, light-brown wood. Before use, arak wood must be moistened to soften the bark. If the stick is relatively hard, we recommend soaking the end in a container of water for an hour. This will allow you to peel back the bark, revealing generous fibers that stand out vertically. The softened filaments of this natural toothbrush will then brush your teeth. By gently nibbling the tip, you'll be able to deploy the lovely fibers to brush your teeth.

The actual brushing exercise

Unlike a synthetic toothbrush, siwak's action is not based on small circular movements. Instead, arak wood is used by subtly rubbing the fibers up and down the tooth enamel. The advantage of this gesture over brushing is completed by the ability to more easily reach the area between gums and teeth prone to encrustation of food deposits. This action, when it begins, may cause slight bleeding if your gums are sensitive. Over time, however, siwak tooth cleaning strengthens the gums and prevents tooth loosening. Secondly, this age-old toothbrush supports the brushing of molars at the back of the jaw. This is a hard-to-reach area that is often overlooked when brushing. In fact, being able to reach the interdental area easily improves hygiene and strengthens breath.

Long-term preservation of siwak

Siwak needs to be used over time. This is exactly why people in Africa and Asia prefer siwak. Much more economical than a toothbrush, siwak's rigid fibers make it easier to store. Generally sold in plastic or cardboard packaging, we recommend that you keep it with only the tip of the wood sticking out, so that you can put it away immediately after use. This technique protects the filaments from dust and impurities. Incidentally, our generous toothbrush dates back to ancient times and creates an enzyme that purifies and disinfects when it comes into contact with saliva. So don't worry if your toothbrush is damp when stored in its case. It will eventually dry out and harden slightly. The action of saliva will soften it again. Finally, this little piece of wood fits easily into a jacket pocket. All you have to do is take it out to pick your teeth during the day, and keep your breath healthy.

Scientific proof of siwak's benefits for the mouth

This famous toothbrush from the Middle East has been the center of attention for some years now. A natural toothbrushing system highly prized and recommended in the Muslim community, this method, which has traversed the chronological friezes of humanity, is attracting growing interest in the West. At the heart of his studies, Dr. Rowadart (a famous German bacteriologist) highlighted the antimicrobial action of siwak in an experiment. He found that bacteria placed in the center of a culture in which siwak powder had been introduced died out almost entirely. This result proves that the arak stick is effective in combating bacteria in the mouth. However, he put this into perspective by pointing out that natural toothbrush friction is the very reason for the destruction of microbial strains in the teeth. This is mainly due to the secretion of an enzyme which, on contact with saliva, eliminates microbes. Naturally rich in sodium, potassium and bicarbonate, siwak helps maintain oral health. All these words reinforce the words of the Prophet of Islam (Peace and blessings upon Him) who said: "Siwak (rubbing the teeth with Siwak) purifies the mouth and satisfies the Lord". Hadith Sahih reported by ibn Khouzeïma in Sahih Sounan an-Nassaï (Hadith n°1202 in Riyad as Salihine). Thus, scientific discoveries confirm the spiritual belief more than 1400 years later.

Prefer the raw version of siwak to flavored woods

For toothbrushes made with arak wood, the taste and sensation of cleanliness is no longer in doubt. The pleasant woody scent that you get used to over time refreshes your mouth a little with every brush stroke. Lovers of originality may opt for the mint- or lemon-flavored versions. These little technical innovations are sure to satisfy everyone's taste buds. But you should know that the raw Salvadora Persica wood version is the most effective. Its slightly licorice-like taste purifies the mouth instantly. What's more, this rough cut is much larger and therefore easier to handle. If you're more original, you're likely to end up with a more expensive and less effective piece of wood. 100% natural is the guarantee of healthy, proven oral hygiene. Ultimately, the remarkable results of regular use of siwak are as follows:

  • Fighting plaque
  • Caries prevention
  • Strengthening of enamel and gums
  • A healthier mouth and relatively white teeth.

Although toothbrushes and toothpaste have become the norm, the daily use of siwak can only reinforce the rules of good oral hygiene.

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