Twig toothbrushes have traditionally been used for dental care throughout many of the world’s traditional cultures, and have had a long history of use in the Indian subcontinent. The best twigs to use are the twigs of Neem, Eucalyptus and Mango trees; other trees can be used, especially fruit trees. Make sure the tree has no irritating or poisonous sap; white sap is not good. The twigs should be slender, no thicker than the little finger and usually thinner, and somewhat flexible. Cut fresh twigs daily, or you can cut several, wash, and place in a glass of water to save for a few days.
To prepare a twig for cleaning the teeth, first peel a couple of inches, then either slice at an angle, or leave it straight. I prefer to cut at an angle. Then it can be used as is to scrape the teeth clean, or chewed into a brush and used like a tooth brush. The sap of many trees such as Neem, Eucalyptus and Mango is naturally anti-septic, and the fibers of the twig clean the teeth well. It may take a little more time than using a regular store bought tooth brush, but there is no need of tooth paste, or you can use tooth powder. Even with no extra dentifrice, your teeth feel cleaner all day.
When finished with your twig toothbrush, you can throw it away (preferably into a compost pile) or you can cut off the used part, rinse, and stick in a glass jar with water for using again.
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