Before toothbrushes were introduced in India, neem twigs were used to cleanse people's teeth. The neem twigs were chewed at the end and since it is beneficial for the teeth and gums, it also maintained health. It reduced bad breath and was easy to use.
Some even rub the sea salt in their teeth to make it white. Other use coconut oil as it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties come in handy for mouth cleaning. Lemon juice and baking powder were also natural substitutes used in India. People from rural areas still use these natural, biodegradable toothbrushes instead of plastic ones which live on forever.
After realising that neem could be hard to use for some people, the decision was made to simplify the product. The neem twigs would be chopped into small bits to increase the potential usage of a single twig.
(A) - the part where one inserts the neem twig
(B) - chopped bit of a Neem twig/branch/stick ranging from about 5-7 centimetres.
(C) - conically shaped inside to assist in usage of different-sized Neem twigs.
- Insert the pre-cut Neem part into the top of your brush-handle.
- Chew the Neem and then afterwards begin to brush with it.
- Dispose of the Neem part once you've finished brushing. Since it is natural, it will not cause any sustainability issues.