A colleague of mine said, neem sticks in our land, are a villagers way to a relaxed brushing, for healthy gums and strong teeth .
A pity there is no time for this safe and sure method, as one is off for a frothy quick swish and a fragrant finish, followed by a smile to oneself at the mirror.
I took to a change , after I had a chance to see the contents of a tooth paste in Readers Digest, long ago.
Some recent studies showed,these ingredients in most toothpastes available across the world.
sodium lauryl sulphate
hydrated aluminium oxides
and of course fluoride.
A study on each one could say it is only an abrasive, a re- mineraliser, an antibiotic, a foaming agent, a thickening agent, a sweetener, an anti- freeze, or a de-melter,flavorants and an anti- caries agent.
Well if all these need to be added to a teeth care compound, when there is a safer alternative, be it native, tribal or some other, it is worth a change, for a good risk less oral hygiene.
Chew a neem twig and brush with it, when u get the feel of a tooth brush, with its bristles.
Find a neem tree, and its twig tomorrow.