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Peelu: Natural Dental Fibers: Less Abrasive Than Toothpaste

The Peelu Tree has been used for centuries by people in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to clean their teeth. A frayed branch of the tree is traditionally used.

Now companies have incorporated Peelu fibers into a range of dental products, including toothpaste, toothpowder and a dental gum. Peelu is said to be less abrasive than regular toothpaste. I’ve been using the Peelu dental powder for a while now, and it seems to work quite well. I have to say that the taste of Peelu is not enticing: it has a dry barky taste. But I am impressed by its cleaning action.

Peelu Sticks

Researchers have discovered a number of naturally occurring qualities in the Peelu tree, including:

  • a natural chlorine which whitens and removes tartar and stains
  • tannic acid and Vitamin C, making it beneficial for healthy gums
  • sulfur, which helps keep the mouth clean.

The botanical name of Peelu is Salvadora Persica: it is also regionally called Siwak and Miswak. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on this tree.

Peelu gum and toothpastes are available from Amazon. You can also find raw Peelu sticks, but I found the taste to be off-putting.

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