The scientific name of miswak is Salvadorapersica. It has red in color. The shape of miswak is 3 mm in diameter, globose, smooth and it has 5 – 10 mm in diameter. The taste of miswak is warm and pungent. The flowering season of miswak is from January to April. The color of the flower is greenish-yellow. The fruit season of miswak is from April to June. The size of this plant is 15 – 30 feet high. It is a small tree that has soft whitish-yellow wood and glabrous, drooping, and terete branches.
It is popular as teeth cleaning stick throughout the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Muslim world. The fresh leaves of miswak are consumed as a salad and they are used in traditional medicine. Flowers of the miswak are small, fragrant and they are stimulant and they are mildly purgative. Berries of miswak are small and they could be barely noticed and consumed in both fresh and dried forms. Woods of miswak is used for charcoal and drought-resistant fodder.
Here are some health benefits of miswak:
The miswak can help to lower gum disease. It can help you to have better breath. Also, it will whiten your teeth. The miswak sticks can help to combat cancer. It has been shown that miswak sticks are natural anti-carcinogenic which can help to lower the development of cancer types. It has antioxidant enzymes, such as peroxidase, catalase, and polyphenols.
The miswak has analgesic properties that can help to alleviate the pain which is caused by inflammation and gum disease. The usage of miswak will promote the healing of these areas and it numbs the pain to make the healing process much comfortable. You can brush your teeth with a miswak stick, so this will make your unhealthy gums feel better.
It is very important to have good gum health. When you have healthy teeth, then this will help you to have better chomping and chewing. Also, this natural remedy has anti-bacterial and anti-plaque properties, which will allow the gum to heal and it can help them to remain strong with continuous use. This will lower the risk of gingivitis development which makes the gums sore as well as sensitive. It can help to prevent the progress of gingivitis into periodontitis which causes irreversible effects on the structure of the jawbone.
When you use the miswak, then it can help to control the bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria are the major cause of halitosis and malodor. When you brush your teeth with normal toothpaste, then it will give you relief from the bad breath temporarily. The untreated gum disease and diet are the root causes for bad breath. Miswak will promote saliva. It has anti-bacterial properties which will promote the production of saliva and they can minimize bad breath.
When you use miswak in your diet, then it can help you to have whiter teeth. It can help to prevent plaque buildup. It combats the stains caused by foods and drinks, such as tobacco, coffee, tea, and other food products. It will eliminate the buildup which causes yellow stains on teeth for people who drink and smoke on regular basis with no good oral hygiene.
The buildup of plaque is formed from a layer of bacteria that covers the teeth and gums. When you leave the miswak untreated, then this layer builds up and it causes teeth yellowing, gum problems, and even tooth loss. It has antibacterial properties which will assure that these problems will not happen in your case. The normal toothbrush and toothpaste do not have the ability to prevent plaque buildup, because they do not have natural bacteria-fighting properties.
We know that our mouths have different kinds of bacteria. Some of them are needed for oral health and they assist digestion. Other bacteria can be harmful and cause erosion of the tooth enamel. Miswak has antibacterial properties which can help to control the levels of bacteria. The usage of miswak sticks is generally associated with the balance of bacteria.