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The Wrigleys company conducted a study, which found that mints with miswak extracts added were 20 times more effective in killing bacteria than ordinary mints, which was published in 2007 by Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, it showed that in 30 min 60% of bacteria was killed when compared to a meagre 3.4% among ordinary mints.Swedish researchers did a culture study where miswak pieces suspended in a petridish were able to kill periodontal disease causing bacteria without contacting them, this study suggested presence of antibiotic in gaseous form to explain the phenomenon, which was published in august issue of Journal of Periodontology (2008).Today several major oral health care companies have commercially available mouthwashes and toothpastes containing miswak extracts.
Correspondence Address: Akhter Husain Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya Universiy, Mangalore, Karnataka India Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None How to cite this URL: Husain A, Khan S. Arch Med Health Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2016 Sep 22];2-4. 2015/3/1/152/154969Archeological studies across the globe confirm that different oral hygiene measures have been tried since the dawn of time.
Chew sticks, twigs, linen strips, toothpicks, feathers of birds, porcupine quills and sharp animal bones were used.
Chewing sticks used to clean teeth and mouth marks the beginning of a great evolutionary process, which began about 3500 BC by the Babylonians and today it has evolved in to the modern toothbrush.
A number of plant species are used to make chewing sticks, but the most popular one is Salvadora persica, these have been in use across South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle Eastern parts of the world. persica tree from which the miswak is produced is known as arak in Arabic and peelu in Urdu.
The popularity of miswak became significantly widespread under the influence of Islamic culture.