History of this brush. Siwak

History of this brush.

Since antiquity, the human had already pay attention about their health teeth. A lot of many ways to do human to take care their health teeth. For example, with:
chew sticks
tree twigs
linen strips
birds feathers
animal bones and
Porcupine quills were recovered.

But in the most popular from that way is use tree twigs, which popular with called “Miswak”. More than 50 of kind plants (that stick to made miswak) as a tools for cleaning the teeth which had use for many country and culture in the world.

But the only most popular stick to made health your teeth and mouths, is obtained from a plant called Salvadora Persica that grows around Mecca and Middle East area in general. Salvadora Persica L is publicly known in Arab, Africa and India as a “cleaner teeth tree”, used as a toothbrush and twig chew. It was uses as cleaner stalk since more than 1000 years.

Wherever that extracts from that plants produce sulfur as of a lot of main element. Beside that, pharmacology data is showing antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and activates hypoglycemic, that use against bacterial in the mouth.

Suggested that healthy mouth and cared teeth through traditional way for African has produced huge non-cryogenic food, together with mechanism clean act that uses chewing stalk, rather than consequences from the activity of special antibacterial from that stalk its self.

In the Middle East this type of chewing stick is known as “Meswak” or ” Siwak” and there is strong belief that its use reduces plaque and gingivitis. The therapeutic action could be due to certain chemical constituents such as fluorides, silicones, alkaloids, essential oils, tannins, resins, gum and anthraquinones.

Reference to sticks that were frayed at one end by chewing or tapping and used for teeth cleaning can be found in the Talmud as the quesum, as the siwak, miswak and arak in the 8th and 10th century Arabian works of Kitab al Bajan by Gahiz, the Dinawarki by lbn Sida, the Muwasha by Al Washsha, as well as in the 17th century Persian Holiatilamotagin by Majesi, the Indian Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana, and as Koyoji in Japan.

In the day, and for several centuries there after according to Majesi in the Holiatilamotagin (1661), many attributes were given to the use of the Siwak, including making the teeth white and fragrant, strengthening and giving vigor to the gums and teeth as well as clearing the mind, increasing the memory, quenching the bile, drying the phlegm, sharpening the eyes, stimulating the appetite, reheving constipation and increasing the ability to do good.

To the more orthodox Muslim, the use of the chewing -stick is still an important part of his ritual of work ship. The most widely used tree twigs since an early time is the ” Siwak” or ” Miswak”. It is widely used among Moslems after Prophet Mohammed realized its value as a device, which should be used by Moslems to clean their teeth. In this respect our Prophet is considered the first dental educator in proper oral hygiene.

The reasons for this can be traced to the prophet Muhammad, who has been quoted as encouraging his followers to use this brush. Usually, children learn to use the Siwak at about 6 years of age from their parents and siblings and will continue to do so unless they are introduced to tooth brushing during their formal schooling.

(Source: P.T. Miswak Utama. Edited by MiracleBrush Team)


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