The last few weeks we have focused on oral health care. If you missed it be sure to check out earlier blog posts on triclosan, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Tagging onto last weeks post about toothbrushes I want to make you aware of a pretty cool item out there. The Twig Brush!
A few months back Twig Brush contacted me over Instagram with an offer to give it a try (no strings attached and they did not ask for a review.) What is Twig Brush? Taken from their site: “In short it is a natural teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora Persica tree (also known as the Peelu tree or toothbrush tree) today it is used by many in the Eastern world as a traditional and natural alternative to the modern toothbrush, and has a long, well documented reputation for it’s medicinal benefits.”
To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it all appeared non-toxic so I checked it out. When my twig brush arrived I read the directions and followed step one: “trim end, gently nibble until it forms bristles.” I am chewing a “twig” wondering “When did I get this crazy?!” Then I brushed my teeth with it (no toothpaste, just using the twig brush) and my teeth felt amazing! That clean, smooth feeling right after the dentist -that’s how it felt.
What are the benefits? (Taken from the Twig Brush site):
Natural antiseptics (Eliminates Bad Breath)
Twigbrush contains numerous antiseptics that kill harmful microorganisms, which cause bad breath, mouth ulcers, gum disease as well as bleeding of the gum.
Silica (Removes Stains & Whitens Teeth)
Silica acts as an abrasive material, which removes stains and other deposits from the surface of the tooth… or in short, whitens your teeth.
Sodium bicarbonate (Whitens Teeth)
Sodium bicarbonate has an abrasive effect when rubbed against the teeth. Heck, even the ‘American Dental Associate’ recommends sodium bicarbonate as a preferred ingredient in toothpastes. This is the best whitening toothpaste alternative out there.
Resin (Protects Teeth)
Natural resin forms a layer over the enamel when the miswak is used. This then acts as a shield and protects your teeth from microbial action.
Essential oils (Fresher Breath)
The miswak contains natural scented oils that serve as two functions. The first is fresher breath, as the natural scent perfumes your mouth and the second is that it helps stimulate the flow of saliva.
I have used the twig brush for the past few months (admittedly not daily but several times a week) For me it does not replace my regular toothbrush and toothpaste but it is a fabulous addition to add to your oral health routine. A tip: Keep scissors in the bathroom. You need to trim it down every few days and without them handy it resulted in my inconsistency.
Definitely check them out! https://www.twigbrush.com