Importance In Islam
Ever since its origin 7000 years ago, the use of Miswak has never been discontinued. A huge part of the credit for this goes to Islamic jurisprudence that has regularly exhorted its laity regarding good practices associated with using Miswak. The Prophet himself is said to have used ‘twigs made from the Arak tree’, and as such, their use finds mention in the hadiths concerning the Prophet’s life.
Using Miswak on Fridays, before and after going on journeys, before religious practices etcetera, is recommended by hadith, and is faithfully adhered to by millions of inhabitants across the Arabian peninsula, North Africa, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and their diaspora, till today.
Active Ingredients In Miswak
A raging question by this point would be – what is it about Miswak that makes it all-so-effective? The answer to this question lies in its active ingredients. While most oral disinfectants such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, and tooth powders, build their entire advertising campaigns around just one or two key ingredients such as silica, Miswak has a set of 19 active ingredients that actively promote stronger teeth, while also maintaining oral health.
- Alkaloids—Salvadorine, Trimethylamine—have an antibacterial effect
- Silica—natural abrasive, removes stains
- Calcium, Chlorides, Fluorides—important for dental care. Flouride helps in remineralizing the tooth structure.
- Vitamin C
- Resins—Form a protective layer over the enamel to prevent the formation of caries
- Tannins—Function as a natural astringent, stimulate premolar saliva production
- Saponins, Flavonoids, and Sterols in small amounts
- Essential oils—impart a mild taste and fragrance, stimulate the production of saliva, and help relieve flatulence