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Tooth Brushing between Medicine and Islam

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    What Prophet Mohammad told us about tooth brushing

    On the authority of Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him,
    reported: the Messenger of Allah( may peace be upon him) said: were
    it not that I might over-burden my people I would have ordered them to
    use siwak (tooth-stick) at every time of the prayer, and in another
    transmit, in every ablution. Narrated by the two Imams of hadith.

    On the authority of Abdullah ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with
    him, that the Messenger of Allah said: " keep on doing tooth brushing
    because it cleans the mouth and pleasures Allah" narrated by al-
    Byhaki and al-Bukhari. And according to Aisha said tooth brushing cleans the
    mouth and pleasures Allah" narrated by ibn Majah from abi umamah, may
    Allah be pleased with them.

    Islamic jurisprudence on tooth brushing:

    An- Nawawi said it is sunnah and not compulsory in any condition
    through the consensus of the scholars.

    Ibn al- Kayyim said: tooth brushing is recommended act for both
    fasting and non fasting person in any time because it is not
    specified in hadiths, also it is needed for a person whose fasting in the sake
    of Allahs pleasure and His pleasure is demanding in fasting than any
    other time, so purification is the best deed for a fasting person.(2)

    Tooth brushing and its effect on the health:

    The mouth is the entry for food and drinks and it is connected to the
    outer world, therefore it is exposed more to the germs which we call
    orogerminal group like staphylococci, streptococci, pneumococcus,
    lactobacillus, bacilli and spirochaeta. These germs are inactive in
    the healthy person, but it could be contagious and harmful if the
    food remaining were in the mouth and between the teeth until it ferments
    by the germs leading to bad smell, tooth decay or salts accretion around
    the teeth which could result in (dental calculus) or gingivitis and
    pyorrhea. Furthermore, these germs could move to far areas in the
    body making various infections like, gastritis, sinusitis or tracheitis
    and it may cause abscess in different places in the body(3), moreover it
    may lead to pyotoxinemia or blood full of germs causing pyrectic
    diseases. It is known that the most important thing to take care of
    in the mouth is the teeth, thus they have important functions and their
    diseases have a big impact on the public health. Therefore, tooth
    brushing" siwaak" can prevent these diseases, in fact the saliva has
    condensed salts and if they were in a surface that is far from the
    natural cleaning motions like the tongue movement or unnatural like
    tooth brushing, these salts will deposit especially in the gum
    forming dental plaque. Then the germs react with the food remaining,
    especially sugars that exist in the mouth, forming organic acids that
    dissolve the enamel then the dentine. The tooth decay becomes bigger
    when the carelessness of the mouth cleaning continues.

    Tooth stick:

    In sunnah it is mentioned that the prophet Mohammad used a tooth
    stick made of" al-araak" and the araak tree is from the araakic family
    which is always green. It grows in the hot areas in Aseer and Jeezan in
    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Goor Al-Saad (near Jerusalem), Yemen,
    South Africa and India. Fruits grow on this tree; tasty and eatable,
    when it becomes ripe the tooth stick is taken from its root and small

    The miracle of sunnah in tooth brushing "siwaak":

    An article written in a German magazine (No.4, 1961)(4) for the
    scientist Rodat, the chief of the germs institute in Rostok
    University" I read about the tooth stick that the Arab use as a tooth
    brush in a book written by a traveler who visited their country; he
    mentioned it in a sarcasm way, thinking that this action indicates
    retardation in these people who clean their teeth with a piece of

    in the 20th century, just then I thought maybe there is a scientific
    secret behind this wooden piece ! The chance came when a colleague in
    Sudan brought me a number of tooth sticks and I started my researches
    on them immediately, I crushed it, mixed it with water and put it on
    culture I realized it had the same effect as pencillin. If people
    used tooth brushes from hundred years, Muslims have used tooth sticks for
    more than 14 century.

    In observing chemosynthesis for the araak tooth stick we will
    understand the reason behind the prophet choice which came from
    Allah, the laboratory researches confirm that the tooth stick, taken from
    al-araak, contains bog amounts of gall and it is an antiseptic substance
    which cleans and stops the ulemorrhagia and strengthen it, also the
    existence of Sinnigrin, a substance that has a very strong smell and
    taste which helps getting rid of germs (5).

    The microscopy on the tooth stick results that there are silica
    crystals and acidosis calx which is useful in getting rid of stains
    and dental calculus. In addition, Dr.Tariq al-Korey (6) says that
    there is chloride with silica; these are substances that provide
    extra whitening, also a gummatous substance which covers the enamel and
    protects the teeth against cariosity.It is shown that vitamin C and
    amine trait the damages on the gum, and sulfuric substance that
    fights cariosity.
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