The World Health Organization recommends the use of the miswak in international consensus reports on oral hygiene published in 1986 and in 2000. The miswak is made from the plant Salvadora persica. For religious and cultural reasons use of miswak (for cleaning teeth and oral health) is firmly established and widespread in most of the Muslim countries.
Virtues of the miswak:
"The miswak is a mean of purification of the mouth and a mean of pleasure of the Lord "(Al-Bukhari).
"Had it not been for the sake of over burdening my Ummah I would have ordered them (to use) Miswak with every ablution"(Al-Bukhari).
It has also been narrated by reliable sources that the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) was emphatic in the daily use of Miswak, upon waking, before and after eating, leaving and entering his house, before ablution, and prayers. Furthermore it was a practice of all the Prophets (peace by upon them). Some scholars have mentioned upto 70 benefits from the use of Miswak.
The Benefits of Miswak:
1. Eliminates bad odor and improves the taste.
2. Natural remedy for bad breath.
3. Miswak strengthens the Gum.
4. Meswak prevents tooth decay.
5.Miswak facilitates the appetite ( Al Tibbe Alnabawy).
6. Miswak causes the teeth to glow.
7. Miswak is beneficial for the health of the entire body.
8. Miswak clears the voice ( Al Tibbe Alnabawy).
9. Miswak creates fragrance in the mouth thus eliminating bad mouth smell.
10.The great benefit of regularly using miswak is the attainment of Allah Subhanahu wa taalla pleasure.
How to Use:
Simply scrape off bark from the tip (1/2") from either tip, then wash the miswak and chew the tip gently until brush-like and the fibre becomes soft. Brush teeth horizontally and vertically. Rinse it off well after each use. When the bristles are worn and the flavour has subsided, cut them off and repeat instruction.