Since before recorded history, a variety of oral hygiene
measures have been used for teeth cleaning.
This has been verified by various excavations done
all over the world, in which chewsticks, tree twigs,
bird feathers, animal bones, and porcupine quills
Many people used different forms of teeth cleaning tools.
Indian medicine (Ayurveda) has used the neem tree
(a.k.a. daatun) and its products to create teeth cleaning
twigs and similar products for millennia.
A person chews one end of the neem twig until it
somewhat resembles the bristles of a toothbrush, and
then uses it to brush the teeth.
In the Muslim world, the miswak, or siwak,made from a
twig or root with antiseptic properties has been
widely used since the Islamic Golden Age.
Rubbing baking soda or chalk and against the teeth
was also common.
Although most people are aware of the reasons behind
proper, daily tooth brushing, few people realize that clean
eeth and healthy gums can protect against a wide variety
of other general, even life-threatening, health problems!