10 Neem Datun – Ayurvedic Chewing Sticks I Teeth & Tongue Cleaner
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While eco-friendly toothbrushes are great, there is a more primordial alternative: Neem chew sticks (datun).
A teeth cleaning twig (or datun in Sanskrit) is a tool made from a twig from a tree that helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Chew sticks have been found in Babylonian and Egyptian tombs. It is the primordial way of cleaning teeth that does not require any toothpaste, because the twig itself is releasing phytochemical compounds.
Teeth cleaning twigs can be obtained from a variety of tree species that have a high content of tannins (astringent and antibacterial) or other compounds that benefit gums health. Teeth cleaning twigs are made from trees such Tea tree, Licorice, Acacia catechu and Neem.
Neem is usually the preferred one, due to its exceptional antiseptic qualities. Every part of this tree is used and has antiseptic qualities. Oils prepared from the leaves and seeds are used to treat skin diseases such as eczema, ringworm and scabies, and even leprosy.
There are more than 130 active compounds present in the neem tree. Neem contains anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antimalarial, anti-viral and antioxidant properties.
Dandruff is cured by using water with Neem leaves or Neem powder as rinse. The tender twig of the tree is used as toothbrush to clean the teeth. Its leaves, fruits and the bark are used to treat fevers, sore throats, earache, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, cholera, intestinal worms and lice.
Chewing Neem sticks also whitens the teeth naturally. As Neem contains anti-microbial properties, chewing the twig can prevent plaque formation. The bitter taste of the Neem also fights bad breath.
Most toothpastes contain triclosan and other dangerous chemicals that can cause our teeth to stop remineralisation. Whereas Neem datun initiates remineralisation (repairing of tooth by our hormones through a natural process).