Miswaak: Out with the New, in with the Old- Syed Deenah


In Islam, cleanliness is regarded as half of faith. It introduced basic oral hygiene as a religious practice and a means of pleasing God, which lead to the popularity of miswaak becoming significantly widespread. Miswaak is a naturally-made toothbrush that's eco-friendly and inexpensive. There are around 182 species of plant from which a miswaak can be prepared; they're usually the roots and branches of desert trees, the most popular being the Salvadora Persica species. Miswaak is the perfect natural toothbrush that provides the best of health and beauty benefits.

Miswaak has its own anti-bacteria, natural fluoride, and teeth bleaching agents; it removes plaque significantly; it also prevents gum disease, tooth decay, and prevents oral cancer to some extent- like an all in one toothbrush, floss, whitening strips- and even gum. It helps stimulate the flow of saliva, and of course rids of bad breath, improves sensitivity of tastebuds and promotes cleaner teeth.It's popular across the globe: "miswaak" in Arabic, "qisa" in Aramaic, "qesam" in Hebrew, "koyoji" in Japanese, "kayu sugi" in Malay, etc. It's predominant in the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, parts of the Sahel, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

We live in an age where having another reason to cause plastic waste could harm our daily lives in ways unprecedented. 1.2 billion toothbrushes are thrown away annually in the U.S alone. Things are changing, and it's up to us to adapt or fall behind even in small ways; why wait when there's a tried, tested, earth-grown option that's BEEN in use-- across a good chunk of the globe for several centuries-- that can make a comeback anytime, compared to the 1930's fad of a toothbrush? (whose plastic doesn't decompose, ever. ever ever)

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