Branch Out

Brushing your teeth with a twig might sound strange, but the miswak is an ancient method backed by both the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association. People in the Middle East, India, and Africa have been using miswaks for centuries. A miswak is a Peelu tree branch, which has natural fibers and a list of effective natural ingredients for oral health. Nibble back the bark, reveal the miswak’s bristles, then brush. Naturally occurring antiseptics and oils help kill germs and freshen breath. It also has resins that protect enamel, and natural abrasives like silica and sodium bicarbonate—a.k.a. baking soda—that gently scrub and whiten. As for the Miswak Club, Founder Rahat Bashar started it after searching for an all-natural alternative to dental products riddled with mysterious chemicals. When he learned about the miswak, he created the “Club” to bring it to others. And he decided to harvest the best kind—their trees are grown in healthy soil that contains no chemicals or pesticides. These miswaks are lightly colored, which means they are fresh and flexible. Since you don’t need water (or toothpaste) to brush, a miswak is great for camping and other outdoor excursions. One also makes a nice supplement to your normal routine, traveling easily in a backpack or purse. Wherever you use it, it’s a great way to “branch out” when it comes to oral hygiene.

Miswak Club

Teeth Cleaning Twig

Branch Out

Brushing your teeth with a twig might sound strange, but the miswak is an ancient method backed by both the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association. People in the Middle East, India, and Africa have been using miswaks for centuries. A miswak is a Peelu tree branch, which has natural fibers and a list of effective natural ingredients for oral health. Nibble back the bark, reveal the miswak’s bristles, then brush. Naturally occurring antiseptics and oils help kill germs and freshen breath. It also has resins that protect enamel, and natural abrasives like silica and sodium bicarbonate—a.k.a. baking soda—that gently scrub and whiten. As for the Miswak Club, Founder Rahat Bashar started it after searching for an all-natural alternative to dental products riddled with mysterious chemicals. When he learned about the miswak, he created the “Club” to bring it to others. And he decided to harvest the best kind—their trees are grown in healthy soil that contains no chemicals or pesticides. These miswaks are lightly colored, which means they are fresh and flexible. Since you don’t need water (or toothpaste) to brush, a miswak is great for camping and other outdoor excursions. One also makes a nice supplement to your normal routine, traveling easily in a backpack or purse. Wherever you use it, it’s a great way to “branch out” when it comes to oral hygiene.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

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  • Rahat
    Rahat

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce the Miswak Club to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 9:38 AM

    This is one of the most unique products I have seen on site and that is saying something. Was the process of bringing it to life an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:39 AM

    It was more of a gradual process. I used miswaks during my visit to Saudi Arabia and saw how effective they were at making my mouth feel clean and fresh. When I came back home and ran out, I ordered some miswaks online, but they were nowhere near the quality of the ones I had used during my travels. They were old, dry and some of them even had mold growing out. I’m guessing it was because they were stored in a warehouse for so long. I decided to search for the source and was recommended to try out the miswaks in Pakistan.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:40 AM

    So after purchasing and testing a ton of miswaks, I found a small family-owned company who have been specializing in harvesting miswaks for quite a while.

    Their miswaks were more expensive than their competition, however they were the most freshest miswaks I had ever used. Not only that but their miswaks where free from chemicals and pesticides.You could see how fresh a miswak is by its light brown color and its flexibility. If a miswak is dark brown, hard and is not flexible when you bend it, throw it in the bin. You don’t want to put that nowhere near your mouth.

    Long story short, I realized that all of the research I put into finding these awesome natural toothbrushes would be a waste if I didn’t have anybody to share it with… and that was how Miswak Club was born.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 9:40 AM

    Were there any challenges you faced in bringing it to market? I imagine telling people to ditch their toothbrushes for a tree branch was one of them.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:41 AM

    Great question! I’d like to clarify something, since I’ve been getting this question a lot.

    Is the miswak supposed to be used as an alternative to a toothbrush? Short answer… not really.

    The miswak should be used in conjunction with your toothbrush. Since the miswak doesn’t require any water or toothpaste, you simply carry it with you and use it whenever you feel like it. So you can use the miswak once you’ve had any type of food to get rid of any gunk on your teeth, you can use it after you’ve had coffee to prevent stained teeth and coffee breath; or you could use it when you’re watching Netflix and need something to fiddle with.

  • delphina
    delphina
    9/10/2015 3:59 PM

    @Rahat ...that netflix response us the most "real" answer I've heard in a long time. I was already interested in your product but now I'm surely buying one...thanks for being direct and not "laying on" the sales pitch. Del

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 4:50 PM

    Glad to hear it, Delphina! Rahat has been a straight shooter all day. A class act!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 9:41 AM

    Why is this something anyone looking for a brighter smile should turn to? Maybe you can touch a little on how it all works.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:42 AM

    Sure, so the miswak has a ton of natural properties that makes it an effective tool for naturally whitening your teeth without all of the harsh chemicals. There have also been more than a few studies that have evidenced this.

    The miswak is pretty simple to use.

    You simply trim ½ inch from the bark and then nibble gently on it until it begins to form bristles.You then use the miswak in an up-down motion on your teeth for as long as you want.

    Here’s an extra step one of our previous customer had recommended “The most enjoyable feeling is how your teeth feel afterward; make sure you run your tongue across them. Smooth!”

    After 3-4 days you then simply cut off the bristles and follow the 2 simple steps again.

  • Paula
    Paula
    9/10/2015 12:37 PM

    @Rahat Hi Rahat...is this easy to use when you brush the back sides of your teeth? I'm a "smooth teeth" fanatic, so I'm looking forward to trying this. :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 1:39 PM

    Hi Paula, it will take a little bit of getting used to because the brushing is different than a standard toothbrush, but your teeth will be feeling smooth as silk when you get the hang of it.

  • Audrey
    Audrey
    9/10/2015 12:05 PM

    You don't say if you can reuse the twig, and how, or if you have to use a new one each time, which would be wasteful.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 12:11 PM

    @Audrey Hi Audrey,

    Apologies for not being clearer.

    You definitely don't need to use a new one each time.

    You simply cut the head (the ½ inch bristle part), and then trim ½ inch again then nibble on it until it begins to form bristles.

    You do this every 3-4 days, each miswak should last you 20 days and there are 2 miswaks inside the kit, so it should last you 40 days.

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    9/10/2015 12:40 PM

    @Rahat How do you cut the bristles? What do you use to cut them?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 1:37 PM

    Hi Kathleen, you could use scissors, a knife, or even your teeth. It is very easy to chew down!

  • dave
    dave
    9/10/2015 12:16 PM

    are there any peer-reviewed studies about the actual benefits of this plant?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 12:24 PM

    Hi Dave, thanks for the question. There are many as both the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association back the benefits of using the miswak.

  • Laura
    Laura
    9/10/2015 12:35 PM

    Hi Rahat! I reviewed your product on Amazon. I really like it!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 12:43 PM

    @Laura

    Sweeeet Laura, thanks!

    Glad you found it useful.

  • JHD
    JHD
    9/10/2015 12:39 PM

    Hello,

    If we just use a stick for traveling, can we just cut off the ends, put it in its case and let it sit until the next trip?

    Also, does the miswak have cavity fighting properties?

    Thank you.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 12:52 PM

    @JHD

    Yep you could definitely do that. It stays fresh for 6 months as long as the vacuum seal has not been ripped.

    If you have taken it out of the vacuum seal, it'll last 2 months as long as it is kept dry.

    In regards to fighting cavities, based on my research, I've found quite a few studies that have reported that the miswak has the potential to reduce plaque formation and antibacterial action against cariogenic bacteria in the oral cavity.

  • mary
    mary
    9/10/2015 12:49 PM

    how do u clean the inside of your mouth ... the sides???

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:02 PM

    @mary

    Hi Mary,

    It's very effective at cleaning the inside of your mouth. However a toothbrush would be more effective at cleaning the sides of your teeth.

    The miswak should be used in conjunction with your toothbrush, not as an alternative, since it doesn't require any water or toothpaste. This means you can carry your miswak with you everywhere to get rid of anything on your teeth and to reduce odor from the mouth without the need of a toothbrush, toothpaste or water.

  • mary
    mary
    9/10/2015 12:51 PM

    pss ... do u have to cut it every time u use it ... or how many times can u use the same bristle???

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:05 PM

    @mary

    Nope you don't need to cut it every time you use it.

    You can use it as many times as you want, and then cut it every 3-4 days.

  • Ruth
    Ruth
    9/10/2015 1:00 PM

    My grandmother from Alabama showed me a bush she said they used the branches for brushing their teeth in the early 1900's. I don't remember the name of the plant, but they cut a new branch each day. My question is how do you clean it after use?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:07 PM

    @Ruth

    Hi Ruth,

    You simply give it a quick rinse under water at the end of the day and leave it in the carry case that comes with it.

  • jeff
    jeff
    9/10/2015 1:06 PM

    how would this be able to be maneuvered clean the chewing surfaces of your molars?

    jeff

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:08 PM

    @jeff

    Hey Jeff,

    You can brush it in an up-down motion several times (if that makes sense) on the surfaces of your molars.

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad
    9/10/2015 1:07 PM

    i would suggest adding a tool like a cigar cutter and stripping the bark to assist in resetting the miswak head to a usable state.

    I have tried to use Miswak before and those were the sore points that made me not want to use it on a regular basis.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:12 PM

    @Mohammad

    Hi Mohammad,

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Honestly we've thought about creating such a tool but it would've added too much to the cost of the kit without adding much value.

    It takes less than 5 minutes every 3-4 days to cut, trim and nibble on the miswak in order to form the bristles.

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad
    9/10/2015 2:33 PM

    @Rahat it isnt about the time, its more about the process and wanting something to ease that, thats all. Im sure it will add to the cost but its def something to work towards i think.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    9/10/2015 1:15 PM

    My father (born in 1910) grew up very close to a Native American tribe around Harbor Springs, MI. The kids chewed a bean of some sort and dad said that those kids never got cavities. I supposed it had given their teeth some sort of "finish" that resisted decay. I'm so glad to see more and more native/indigenous medicines being rediscovered and put into use. Perhaps this will slow down our production of chemcals in general...but then, perhaps not. It's difficult at best to drag people from the "dark side."

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:29 PM

    @Sharon

    Agree with you 100%.

    One of the main feedback we got from our customers is that they love that this contains no chemicals and that it's a great alternative to chemical teeth whitening kits.

  • Molly
    Molly
    9/10/2015 1:20 PM

    I use toothpaste that has peelu. I am excited to try these and bought some for stocking stuffers :-) All of my kids are grown and work professionally. This may be a good thing to have around for after lunch clean up :-) I'm all about the natural peelu. What a great idea!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:30 PM

    @Molly

    Thanks for the support Molly!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    9/10/2015 1:22 PM

    How sustainable is the product? Do the trees regenerate the branches removed from them as fast, or faster than they are consumed?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:32 PM

    @Melissa

    Hi Melissa,

    The miswak is very sustainable. Due to the perfect conditions in Pakistan for harvesting miswaks, they grow back very fast.

  • Linda
    Linda
    9/10/2015 1:35 PM

    Can I use this on my dog his teeth are full of tartar and a regular toothbrush doesn't do anything/

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:42 PM

    @Linda

    Hi Linda,

    I've tried using it on my cat but can't get her to stay still.

    If you can get your dog to stay still, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't work.

    Not only that but your dog won't be swallowing any nasty chemicals if you're using this.

  • Beena
    Beena
    9/10/2015 1:37 PM

    Is it similar as Datan almost v common n cheaper in India?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:45 PM

    @Beena

    Sorry I don't know what Datan is

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    9/10/2015 1:54 PM

    Do any of the sales of your product go back to the native people who discovered this tree or help to plant new ones so said peoples will not be forced to go without? (This is a big problem with a lot of the so-called 'ancient grains' like quinoa; native peoples have relied on them as food sources for thousands of years but owing to the grains' sudden popularity in the West, those native peoples are now being starved because white people buy up all their crops.)

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:00 PM

    @Lynne

    Hi Lynne,

    Great question!

    That's something that we're definitely looking into.

    This tree has been used to harvest miswaks for thousands of years. You'll see people in the middle east using it everywhere you walk, it's very common on those parts of the world.

  • CJay
    CJay
    9/10/2015 1:57 PM

    But... Is is better then using the traditional Manual brush and a high end toothpaste?

    Considering:

    Est. Cost per year

    $118.98 for 12 miswak brushes

    or

    $63.94 for 4 brushes and 12 tubes of pronamel

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:22 PM

    @CJay

    The miswak should be used in conjunction with the tootbrush.

    Pasting from my previous comment "The miswak should be used in conjunction with your toothbrush, not as an alternative, since it doesn't require any water or toothpaste. This means you can carry your miswak with you everywhere to get rid of anything on your teeth and to reduce odor from the mouth without the need of a toothbrush, toothpaste or water."

    I personally believe that the miswak is a great investment on yourself. We get customers from Amazon send us emails every day on how they've been seeing great results with the miswak.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    9/10/2015 2:05 PM

    How do you clean it and how long should it last?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:28 PM

    @Stephanie

    Hi Stephanie,

    You simply give it a quick rinse under water at the end of the day and leave it in the carry case that comes with it.

    Each miswak lasts roughly 20 days, and there are two that come with it.

    I would recommend you cut the bristles every 3-4 days.

  • Sara
    Sara
    9/10/2015 2:06 PM

    OMG! my father used to brush his teeth with Miswak in Pakistan and I have seen the results. I tried to find one over here, a nicer kind (like this one) and here it is. Can't wait to order mine.

    Sara.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:30 PM

    @Sara

    Hi Sara,

    I know you'll love the quality of our miswaks. We can almost guarantee that nobody in the U.S. is selling miswaks as fresh as ours! (I should know, I've tested all of them)

  • Lori
    Lori
    9/10/2015 2:15 PM

    Hi, Rahat - I'm curious about the taste of the miswak brush. Can you tell us what to expect taste wise? I'm a minty fresh kind of girl, but I'm open to new things. Thanks!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:26 PM

    @Lori

    Hey Lori,

    The miswak doesn't have a taste to it, but it does have an earthy smell to it.

    I'd recommend you do this.

    Once you order your kit, place your miswak inside a glass of water, then add a few drops of peppermint oil into there. Then leave it for 4 hours.

    You'll find that your miswak not only smells great, but it gives your mouth that minty smell.

  • David
    David
    9/10/2015 2:26 PM

    Is this safe for animals?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:32 PM

    @David

    Hi David,

    From what I'm aware of, it's 100% safe for animals.

    It doesn't contain any pesticide or chemicals, so if you have a pet you wish to try this on, it shouldn't be an issue.

  • Philip
    Philip
    9/10/2015 2:52 PM

    Very expensive. Nice packaging and presentation, but it's an item that I used to pay about 50 cents US each for in the Middle East. Even with packaging, marketing and international shipping, it still seems very overpriced for the item involved.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 3:02 PM

    @Philip

    Hey Philip, thanks for the comment.

    Trust me, if we could do it any cheaper, we would.

    There's a lot of costs associated with importing premium-grade miswaks. You'll find that these are far superior than the ones you've tried in the Middle East. There's also costs in getting each unit personally inspected as well as getting them lab tested for any pesticides before shipping. The shipping fees are also very high (shipping from Pakistan to the U.S.).

    However I personally believe that these are a great investment for your teeth. And our reviews on Amazon back this up. I recently had a customer tell me that our miswaks, although slightly more pricier, are more superior than the ones they've previously used.

  • Diana
    Diana
    9/10/2015 2:56 PM

    I used these in the late 1970s in southern France; they sold them at corner five-&-dime type stores. They had a licorice taste. Same thing?

    Diana

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 3:04 PM

    @Diana

    Hi Diana,

    I don't believe they are the same thing (I think they may be African chew sticks, which don't contain any of the natural benefits that the miswak contains).

  • Srikumar
    Srikumar
    9/10/2015 3:23 PM

    This is same as "datoon" that we traditionally use in India right? In India we use twigs/bark from babool tree (Vachellia nilotica), miswak tree (Salvadora persica) and even eucalyptus tree.

    Great to see this product launched commercially in US.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 4:33 PM

    I think it might be slightly different from a datoon, Srikumar. The miswak comes from a Peelu tree. Thanks for the kind words!

  • Ginny
    Ginny
    9/10/2015 3:53 PM

    I am very curious...would I be able to give these to my dogs to chew on? It would be an expensive alternative, but they love sticks anyway, and this could solve teeth cleaning rituals!

  • Ginny
    Ginny
    9/10/2015 3:55 PM

    @Ginny I know licorice can be fatal, do these have that taste?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 4:31 PM

    Hi Ginny, no they don't have a licorice taste and from everything Rahat has seen, they should be safe for dogs!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 4:35 PM

    @Ginny

    I would recommend that you use these to brush your dogs teeth however although it should be alright, to stay on the safe side, I'm not too sure about allowing them to use it as a chew stick, you don't want these to splinter in your dogs lower intestines and cause issues.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 4:36 PM

    @Rahat

    And nope, no licorice taste

  • joanna
    joanna
    9/10/2015 6:19 PM

    Rahat, this looks amazing and I'm ready to buy BUT, how do you reach your back teeth or the inside of your upper / lower front teeth with it? TIA.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 6:36 PM

    @joanna

    Hey Joanna,

    Glad you like it!

    It's quite flexible so you can reach your back teeth quite easily.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    9/10/2015 7:39 PM

    I can't believe you found these!! I lived in Saudi Arabia in the early 70's and used this twig all the time once I saw how beautiful everyone's teeth looked. Thanks for bringing this to the market place. Can't wait to get mine.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 8:21 PM

    Glad to hear it, Lisa!

  • Robin
    Robin
    9/10/2015 7:52 PM

    How many times can you use each 'twig'?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 8:21 PM

    Hi Robin, each one lasts about 20 days. You get two in a package so you get about a month and a half of use out of Miswak!

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    9/10/2015 9:37 PM

    Over 50 years ago ,my parents bought me a set of books .One featured people from other countries. I clearly remember the picture of an East Indian kid chewing on a twig to clean his teath. So this is what it was.....

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 10:52 PM

    It's very possible, Patricia! Though as was mentioned above, there are some similar products.

  • Mary
    Mary
    9/10/2015 9:41 PM

    Rahat, the Miswak looks like a great product and I look forward to trying it! I also thought of a great way to use it. How great would it be to have when you are trying to quit smoking? It would give you something to do with your hands and your mouth, and help to remove the smoke stains from your teeth at the same time! I wish I'd had it when I quit. Instead I ate lollipops until I thought I'd get sick. :) (But I did quit)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 11:53 PM

    It could be a good distraction, Mary. I let Rahat speak to any success with smoke stains. It does sound like you had a tasty solution for quitting!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/14/2015 10:05 AM

    Rahat wanted to get this in before the board closed, but better late then never:

    Hi Mary,

    Glad you quit!

    The miswak is a great natural way to gradually cut down on smoking and then eventually quit.

    Not only does purify your mouth when smoking, but due to the shape and feel of the miswak, you'll be less inclined to smoke a cigarette.

  • Patty
    Patty
    9/10/2015 10:03 PM

    Since these are made from trees, I assume the trees have to be destroyed to make them? If correct, are the trees replaced and how long do they take to re-grow? In other words, is this yet another product that requires clear cutting of more of our dwindling forests?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 11:55 PM

    Hi Patty, no dwindling forests are being harmed in the process. The Peelu tree where the miswaks come from, are, as Rahat mentioned above, quite sustainable and the branches regrow fairly quickly.

  • Janet
    Janet
    9/10/2015 10:48 PM

    How long does one last?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 11:53 PM

    About 20 days, Janet!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Miswak Club

Teeth Cleaning Twig

Branch Out

Brushing your teeth with a twig might sound strange, but the miswak is an ancient method backed by both the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association. People in the Middle East, India, and Africa have been using miswaks for centuries.

A miswak is a Peelu tree branch, which has natural fibers and a list of
effective natural ingredients for oral health. Nibble back the bark, reveal the miswak’s bristles, then brush. Naturally occurring antiseptics and oils help kill germs and freshen breath. It also has resins that protect enamel, and natural abrasives like silica and sodium bicarbonate—a.k.a. baking soda—that gently scrub and whiten.

As for the Miswak Club, Founder Rahat Bashar started it after searching for an all-natural alternative to dental products riddled with mysterious chemicals. When he learned about the miswak, he created the “Club” to bring it to others. And he decided to harvest the best kind—their trees are grown in healthy soil that contains no chemicals or pesticides. These miswaks are lightly colored, which means they are fresh and flexible.

Since you don’t need water (or toothpaste) to brush, a miswak is great for camping and other outdoor excursions. One also makes a nice supplement to your normal routine, traveling easily in a backpack or purse. Wherever you use it, it’s a great way to “branch out” when it comes to oral hygiene.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Rahat
    Rahat

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce the Miswak Club to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 9:38 AM

    This is one of the most unique products I have seen on site and that is saying something. Was the process of bringing it to life an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:39 AM

    It was more of a gradual process. I used miswaks during my visit to Saudi Arabia and saw how effective they were at making my mouth feel clean and fresh. When I came back home and ran out, I ordered some miswaks online, but they were nowhere near the quality of the ones I had used during my travels. They were old, dry and some of them even had mold growing out. I’m guessing it was because they were stored in a warehouse for so long. I decided to search for the source and was recommended to try out the miswaks in Pakistan.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:40 AM

    So after purchasing and testing a ton of miswaks, I found a small family-owned company who have been specializing in harvesting miswaks for quite a while.

    Their miswaks were more expensive than their competition, however they were the most freshest miswaks I had ever used. Not only that but their miswaks where free from chemicals and pesticides.You could see how fresh a miswak is by its light brown color and its flexibility. If a miswak is dark brown, hard and is not flexible when you bend it, throw it in the bin. You don’t want to put that nowhere near your mouth.

    Long story short, I realized that all of the research I put into finding these awesome natural toothbrushes would be a waste if I didn’t have anybody to share it with… and that was how Miswak Club was born.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 9:40 AM

    Were there any challenges you faced in bringing it to market? I imagine telling people to ditch their toothbrushes for a tree branch was one of them.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:41 AM

    Great question! I’d like to clarify something, since I’ve been getting this question a lot.

    Is the miswak supposed to be used as an alternative to a toothbrush? Short answer… not really.

    The miswak should be used in conjunction with your toothbrush. Since the miswak doesn’t require any water or toothpaste, you simply carry it with you and use it whenever you feel like it. So you can use the miswak once you’ve had any type of food to get rid of any gunk on your teeth, you can use it after you’ve had coffee to prevent stained teeth and coffee breath; or you could use it when you’re watching Netflix and need something to fiddle with.

  • delphina
    delphina
    9/10/2015 3:59 PM

    @Rahat ...that netflix response us the most "real" answer I've heard in a long time. I was already interested in your product but now I'm surely buying one...thanks for being direct and not "laying on" the sales pitch. Del

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 4:50 PM

    Glad to hear it, Delphina! Rahat has been a straight shooter all day. A class act!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 9:41 AM

    Why is this something anyone looking for a brighter smile should turn to? Maybe you can touch a little on how it all works.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 9:42 AM

    Sure, so the miswak has a ton of natural properties that makes it an effective tool for naturally whitening your teeth without all of the harsh chemicals. There have also been more than a few studies that have evidenced this.

    The miswak is pretty simple to use.

    You simply trim ½ inch from the bark and then nibble gently on it until it begins to form bristles.You then use the miswak in an up-down motion on your teeth for as long as you want.

    Here’s an extra step one of our previous customer had recommended “The most enjoyable feeling is how your teeth feel afterward; make sure you run your tongue across them. Smooth!”

    After 3-4 days you then simply cut off the bristles and follow the 2 simple steps again.

  • Paula
    Paula
    9/10/2015 12:37 PM

    @Rahat Hi Rahat...is this easy to use when you brush the back sides of your teeth? I'm a "smooth teeth" fanatic, so I'm looking forward to trying this. :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 1:39 PM

    Hi Paula, it will take a little bit of getting used to because the brushing is different than a standard toothbrush, but your teeth will be feeling smooth as silk when you get the hang of it.

  • Audrey
    Audrey
    9/10/2015 12:05 PM

    You don't say if you can reuse the twig, and how, or if you have to use a new one each time, which would be wasteful.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 12:11 PM

    @Audrey Hi Audrey,

    Apologies for not being clearer.

    You definitely don't need to use a new one each time.

    You simply cut the head (the ½ inch bristle part), and then trim ½ inch again then nibble on it until it begins to form bristles.

    You do this every 3-4 days, each miswak should last you 20 days and there are 2 miswaks inside the kit, so it should last you 40 days.

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    9/10/2015 12:40 PM

    @Rahat How do you cut the bristles? What do you use to cut them?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 1:37 PM

    Hi Kathleen, you could use scissors, a knife, or even your teeth. It is very easy to chew down!

  • dave
    dave
    9/10/2015 12:16 PM

    are there any peer-reviewed studies about the actual benefits of this plant?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 12:24 PM

    Hi Dave, thanks for the question. There are many as both the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association back the benefits of using the miswak.

  • Laura
    Laura
    9/10/2015 12:35 PM

    Hi Rahat! I reviewed your product on Amazon. I really like it!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 12:43 PM

    @Laura

    Sweeeet Laura, thanks!

    Glad you found it useful.

  • JHD
    JHD
    9/10/2015 12:39 PM

    Hello,

    If we just use a stick for traveling, can we just cut off the ends, put it in its case and let it sit until the next trip?

    Also, does the miswak have cavity fighting properties?

    Thank you.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 12:52 PM

    @JHD

    Yep you could definitely do that. It stays fresh for 6 months as long as the vacuum seal has not been ripped.

    If you have taken it out of the vacuum seal, it'll last 2 months as long as it is kept dry.

    In regards to fighting cavities, based on my research, I've found quite a few studies that have reported that the miswak has the potential to reduce plaque formation and antibacterial action against cariogenic bacteria in the oral cavity.

  • mary
    mary
    9/10/2015 12:49 PM

    how do u clean the inside of your mouth ... the sides???

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:02 PM

    @mary

    Hi Mary,

    It's very effective at cleaning the inside of your mouth. However a toothbrush would be more effective at cleaning the sides of your teeth.

    The miswak should be used in conjunction with your toothbrush, not as an alternative, since it doesn't require any water or toothpaste. This means you can carry your miswak with you everywhere to get rid of anything on your teeth and to reduce odor from the mouth without the need of a toothbrush, toothpaste or water.

  • mary
    mary
    9/10/2015 12:51 PM

    pss ... do u have to cut it every time u use it ... or how many times can u use the same bristle???

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:05 PM

    @mary

    Nope you don't need to cut it every time you use it.

    You can use it as many times as you want, and then cut it every 3-4 days.

  • Ruth
    Ruth
    9/10/2015 1:00 PM

    My grandmother from Alabama showed me a bush she said they used the branches for brushing their teeth in the early 1900's. I don't remember the name of the plant, but they cut a new branch each day. My question is how do you clean it after use?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:07 PM

    @Ruth

    Hi Ruth,

    You simply give it a quick rinse under water at the end of the day and leave it in the carry case that comes with it.

  • jeff
    jeff
    9/10/2015 1:06 PM

    how would this be able to be maneuvered clean the chewing surfaces of your molars?

    jeff

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:08 PM

    @jeff

    Hey Jeff,

    You can brush it in an up-down motion several times (if that makes sense) on the surfaces of your molars.

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad
    9/10/2015 1:07 PM

    i would suggest adding a tool like a cigar cutter and stripping the bark to assist in resetting the miswak head to a usable state.

    I have tried to use Miswak before and those were the sore points that made me not want to use it on a regular basis.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:12 PM

    @Mohammad

    Hi Mohammad,

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Honestly we've thought about creating such a tool but it would've added too much to the cost of the kit without adding much value.

    It takes less than 5 minutes every 3-4 days to cut, trim and nibble on the miswak in order to form the bristles.

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad
    9/10/2015 2:33 PM

    @Rahat it isnt about the time, its more about the process and wanting something to ease that, thats all. Im sure it will add to the cost but its def something to work towards i think.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    9/10/2015 1:15 PM

    My father (born in 1910) grew up very close to a Native American tribe around Harbor Springs, MI. The kids chewed a bean of some sort and dad said that those kids never got cavities. I supposed it had given their teeth some sort of "finish" that resisted decay. I'm so glad to see more and more native/indigenous medicines being rediscovered and put into use. Perhaps this will slow down our production of chemcals in general...but then, perhaps not. It's difficult at best to drag people from the "dark side."

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:29 PM

    @Sharon

    Agree with you 100%.

    One of the main feedback we got from our customers is that they love that this contains no chemicals and that it's a great alternative to chemical teeth whitening kits.

  • Molly
    Molly
    9/10/2015 1:20 PM

    I use toothpaste that has peelu. I am excited to try these and bought some for stocking stuffers :-) All of my kids are grown and work professionally. This may be a good thing to have around for after lunch clean up :-) I'm all about the natural peelu. What a great idea!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:30 PM

    @Molly

    Thanks for the support Molly!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    9/10/2015 1:22 PM

    How sustainable is the product? Do the trees regenerate the branches removed from them as fast, or faster than they are consumed?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:32 PM

    @Melissa

    Hi Melissa,

    The miswak is very sustainable. Due to the perfect conditions in Pakistan for harvesting miswaks, they grow back very fast.

  • Linda
    Linda
    9/10/2015 1:35 PM

    Can I use this on my dog his teeth are full of tartar and a regular toothbrush doesn't do anything/

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:42 PM

    @Linda

    Hi Linda,

    I've tried using it on my cat but can't get her to stay still.

    If you can get your dog to stay still, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't work.

    Not only that but your dog won't be swallowing any nasty chemicals if you're using this.

  • Beena
    Beena
    9/10/2015 1:37 PM

    Is it similar as Datan almost v common n cheaper in India?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 1:45 PM

    @Beena

    Sorry I don't know what Datan is

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    9/10/2015 1:54 PM

    Do any of the sales of your product go back to the native people who discovered this tree or help to plant new ones so said peoples will not be forced to go without? (This is a big problem with a lot of the so-called 'ancient grains' like quinoa; native peoples have relied on them as food sources for thousands of years but owing to the grains' sudden popularity in the West, those native peoples are now being starved because white people buy up all their crops.)

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:00 PM

    @Lynne

    Hi Lynne,

    Great question!

    That's something that we're definitely looking into.

    This tree has been used to harvest miswaks for thousands of years. You'll see people in the middle east using it everywhere you walk, it's very common on those parts of the world.

  • CJay
    CJay
    9/10/2015 1:57 PM

    But... Is is better then using the traditional Manual brush and a high end toothpaste?

    Considering:

    Est. Cost per year

    $118.98 for 12 miswak brushes

    or

    $63.94 for 4 brushes and 12 tubes of pronamel

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:22 PM

    @CJay

    The miswak should be used in conjunction with the tootbrush.

    Pasting from my previous comment "The miswak should be used in conjunction with your toothbrush, not as an alternative, since it doesn't require any water or toothpaste. This means you can carry your miswak with you everywhere to get rid of anything on your teeth and to reduce odor from the mouth without the need of a toothbrush, toothpaste or water."

    I personally believe that the miswak is a great investment on yourself. We get customers from Amazon send us emails every day on how they've been seeing great results with the miswak.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    9/10/2015 2:05 PM

    How do you clean it and how long should it last?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:28 PM

    @Stephanie

    Hi Stephanie,

    You simply give it a quick rinse under water at the end of the day and leave it in the carry case that comes with it.

    Each miswak lasts roughly 20 days, and there are two that come with it.

    I would recommend you cut the bristles every 3-4 days.

  • Sara
    Sara
    9/10/2015 2:06 PM

    OMG! my father used to brush his teeth with Miswak in Pakistan and I have seen the results. I tried to find one over here, a nicer kind (like this one) and here it is. Can't wait to order mine.

    Sara.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:30 PM

    @Sara

    Hi Sara,

    I know you'll love the quality of our miswaks. We can almost guarantee that nobody in the U.S. is selling miswaks as fresh as ours! (I should know, I've tested all of them)

  • Lori
    Lori
    9/10/2015 2:15 PM

    Hi, Rahat - I'm curious about the taste of the miswak brush. Can you tell us what to expect taste wise? I'm a minty fresh kind of girl, but I'm open to new things. Thanks!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:26 PM

    @Lori

    Hey Lori,

    The miswak doesn't have a taste to it, but it does have an earthy smell to it.

    I'd recommend you do this.

    Once you order your kit, place your miswak inside a glass of water, then add a few drops of peppermint oil into there. Then leave it for 4 hours.

    You'll find that your miswak not only smells great, but it gives your mouth that minty smell.

  • David
    David
    9/10/2015 2:26 PM

    Is this safe for animals?

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 2:32 PM

    @David

    Hi David,

    From what I'm aware of, it's 100% safe for animals.

    It doesn't contain any pesticide or chemicals, so if you have a pet you wish to try this on, it shouldn't be an issue.

  • Philip
    Philip
    9/10/2015 2:52 PM

    Very expensive. Nice packaging and presentation, but it's an item that I used to pay about 50 cents US each for in the Middle East. Even with packaging, marketing and international shipping, it still seems very overpriced for the item involved.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 3:02 PM

    @Philip

    Hey Philip, thanks for the comment.

    Trust me, if we could do it any cheaper, we would.

    There's a lot of costs associated with importing premium-grade miswaks. You'll find that these are far superior than the ones you've tried in the Middle East. There's also costs in getting each unit personally inspected as well as getting them lab tested for any pesticides before shipping. The shipping fees are also very high (shipping from Pakistan to the U.S.).

    However I personally believe that these are a great investment for your teeth. And our reviews on Amazon back this up. I recently had a customer tell me that our miswaks, although slightly more pricier, are more superior than the ones they've previously used.

  • Diana
    Diana
    9/10/2015 2:56 PM

    I used these in the late 1970s in southern France; they sold them at corner five-&-dime type stores. They had a licorice taste. Same thing?

    Diana

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 3:04 PM

    @Diana

    Hi Diana,

    I don't believe they are the same thing (I think they may be African chew sticks, which don't contain any of the natural benefits that the miswak contains).

  • Srikumar
    Srikumar
    9/10/2015 3:23 PM

    This is same as "datoon" that we traditionally use in India right? In India we use twigs/bark from babool tree (Vachellia nilotica), miswak tree (Salvadora persica) and even eucalyptus tree.

    Great to see this product launched commercially in US.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 4:33 PM

    I think it might be slightly different from a datoon, Srikumar. The miswak comes from a Peelu tree. Thanks for the kind words!

  • Ginny
    Ginny
    9/10/2015 3:53 PM

    I am very curious...would I be able to give these to my dogs to chew on? It would be an expensive alternative, but they love sticks anyway, and this could solve teeth cleaning rituals!

  • Ginny
    Ginny
    9/10/2015 3:55 PM

    @Ginny I know licorice can be fatal, do these have that taste?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 4:31 PM

    Hi Ginny, no they don't have a licorice taste and from everything Rahat has seen, they should be safe for dogs!

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 4:35 PM

    @Ginny

    I would recommend that you use these to brush your dogs teeth however although it should be alright, to stay on the safe side, I'm not too sure about allowing them to use it as a chew stick, you don't want these to splinter in your dogs lower intestines and cause issues.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 4:36 PM

    @Rahat

    And nope, no licorice taste

  • joanna
    joanna
    9/10/2015 6:19 PM

    Rahat, this looks amazing and I'm ready to buy BUT, how do you reach your back teeth or the inside of your upper / lower front teeth with it? TIA.

  • Rahat
    Rahat – Special Guest
    9/10/2015 6:36 PM

    @joanna

    Hey Joanna,

    Glad you like it!

    It's quite flexible so you can reach your back teeth quite easily.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    9/10/2015 7:39 PM

    I can't believe you found these!! I lived in Saudi Arabia in the early 70's and used this twig all the time once I saw how beautiful everyone's teeth looked. Thanks for bringing this to the market place. Can't wait to get mine.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 8:21 PM

    Glad to hear it, Lisa!

  • Robin
    Robin
    9/10/2015 7:52 PM

    How many times can you use each 'twig'?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 8:21 PM

    Hi Robin, each one lasts about 20 days. You get two in a package so you get about a month and a half of use out of Miswak!

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    9/10/2015 9:37 PM

    Over 50 years ago ,my parents bought me a set of books .One featured people from other countries. I clearly remember the picture of an East Indian kid chewing on a twig to clean his teath. So this is what it was.....

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 10:52 PM

    It's very possible, Patricia! Though as was mentioned above, there are some similar products.

  • Mary
    Mary
    9/10/2015 9:41 PM

    Rahat, the Miswak looks like a great product and I look forward to trying it! I also thought of a great way to use it. How great would it be to have when you are trying to quit smoking? It would give you something to do with your hands and your mouth, and help to remove the smoke stains from your teeth at the same time! I wish I'd had it when I quit. Instead I ate lollipops until I thought I'd get sick. :) (But I did quit)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 11:53 PM

    It could be a good distraction, Mary. I let Rahat speak to any success with smoke stains. It does sound like you had a tasty solution for quitting!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/14/2015 10:05 AM

    Rahat wanted to get this in before the board closed, but better late then never:

    Hi Mary,

    Glad you quit!

    The miswak is a great natural way to gradually cut down on smoking and then eventually quit.

    Not only does purify your mouth when smoking, but due to the shape and feel of the miswak, you'll be less inclined to smoke a cigarette.

  • Patty
    Patty
    9/10/2015 10:03 PM

    Since these are made from trees, I assume the trees have to be destroyed to make them? If correct, are the trees replaced and how long do they take to re-grow? In other words, is this yet another product that requires clear cutting of more of our dwindling forests?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 11:55 PM

    Hi Patty, no dwindling forests are being harmed in the process. The Peelu tree where the miswaks come from, are, as Rahat mentioned above, quite sustainable and the branches regrow fairly quickly.

  • Janet
    Janet
    9/10/2015 10:48 PM

    How long does one last?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/10/2015 11:53 PM

    About 20 days, Janet!

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