Ora Wellness’ Thoughts on the Miswak (Natural Toothbrush)

This is part eight in a continuing series of an interview I had with OraWellness.

Part One: Why is gum disease prevalent even though we brush regularly?
Part Two: Is it possible to remineralize our teeth? And a word on oil pulling…
Part Three: What causes bad breath, and how do I get rid of it?
Part Four: How important is diet when it comes to teeth health?
Part Five: What is the best way to heal receding gums?
Part Six: Is flossing harmful to the gums, or essential?
Part Seven: The Bass technique of brushing your teeth and its effectiveness on teeth health.

Today we discuss the miswak, a natural toothbrush.

Nourishing Treasures: What are your thoughts on the miswak, a natural toothbrush made from the root of the Peelu tree?

Ora Wellness: We really like the idea of the miswak, however we have to take a hard look at how we approach creating greater oral health. Let me explain…

If we have thoughts that say that brushing for 2 minutes twice daily will give me optimal oral health, then using a miswak probably isnʼt wise. If we are going to think that using a brushing stick in the mouth for 2 minutes will do an effective job cleaning the plaque off our teeth, weʼre not going to be doing our oral health any good.

Letʼs take a look at how our ancestors used the miswak. First, these folks were living at a very, very different pace than most of us today. They werenʼt rushing through their morning routine to grab a bite of breakfast and into cars for their commute to work. They would carry their miswak with them while they went about their day to use as their toothbrush and toothpick after meals.

If we apply the same thinking to our own lives when it comes to using the miswak, then a brushing stick can be a great addition to help navigate to greater oral health. So, rather than thinking of a miswak as a replacement to brushing in the morning, perhaps play with your miswak in your mouth, gently poking and massaging here and there, while you drive to work or after dinner while you sit and watch a movie or listen to your kids reading. That way, you are using it slowly, in an unhurried pace.

Again, like floss, how we use the tool is a more important factor than the tool itself.

Nourishing Treasures: I think that is wonderful advice. This is how I use my own miswak – on the go! I like how versatile it is.

And then I use my Bass brush and Brushing Blend when I really want to “brush my teeth.” I think having both options covers it all, and I love how my teeth feel and look.

About the authors: Will and Susan Revak are the founders of OraWellness. They help empower others to take control of their oral health with toxin free oral health products and simple homemade solutions. They started OraWellness as a way to share how Susan successfully recovered from advanced gum disease over 15 years ago. Click here to read Susanʼs story. Their spearhead product is a toothpaste alternative made with 100% organic and wild crafted ingredients. You can find several FREE video tutorials and downloads to help you along your path to greater oral health at www.OraWellness.com.

I hope you liked this article. This is the final of eight interview questions I asked Ora Wellness.

Do you have a question you would like Ora Welness to answer? Comment below.

Ora Wellness supplied me with their Brushing Blend and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s a blend of bad bacteria-bashing teeth-healthy essential oils (such as cloves, cinnamon, and myrrh) in a base of almond oil. I love that I don’t have a mouthful of lather – my kids love it, too! It’s a great breath freshener.

Ora Wellness has offered Nourishing Treasures readers a FREE Bass toothbrush with your order of OraWellness Brushing Blend. ONLY when you write “Nourishing Treasures free brush offer” in the customer note section during checkout.

*One free toothbrush per order, not per bottle of brushing blend.

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Lea Harris founded Nourishing Treasures in 2006. A mom passionate about her family's health and well-being, Lea believes education is power. Encouraging others to take baby steps in the right direction of health for their families, Lea's goal is to raise awareness of what goes into our mouths and on our bodies, providing natural alternative information that promotes health and prevents disease by using traditional foods and nature's medicine.

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Ora Wellness’ Thoughts on the Miswak (Natural Toothbrush) — 5 Comments

  1. Living in the Middle East I can honestly say, if it is actually kept in the privacy of your own home it works, as the ones that use it have beautiful pink gums and white teeth. The ones that use it out in the open look like camels grooming themselves. It’s disgusting. When used properly, it is ancient going back thousands of years and it works…. when used improperly, as in the majority of cases over here it is an absolutely disgusting way to brush… Sonicare toothbrushes offer better dental hygiene.

  2. I haven’t tried that one, but I’ve been using Neem sticks for years. They are especially nice while travelling (they are ok to take on planes!!!). The taste of the Neem makes your mouth feel good, and seems to discourage plaque. I use neem mixed with clove powder for brushing with my toothbrush too. The combo (plus a good diet) seems to have reversed my “receding gums” that the dentist told me would need surgery for.

  3. Great post on Miswak chewing sticks! I especially agree with “how we use the tool is a more important factor than the tool itself”. I have been using Miswak for two months now, and I have to say it really works. But then, I’m a full-time blogger and I can sit for hours in front of the computer while chewing on the stick, whereas a lot of people have just don’t have the time to do the same. So I can definitely say that the results can greatly depend on “how you use the tool” and how often you use it :)

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