Neem twig or datun for brushing teeth: Step-by-step guide

Datun or neem twig is a natural toothbrush with so many benefits! No need to buy a toothbrush or toothpaste. Just get datun to thoroughly clean your teeth.

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For several years, in India, some parts of Africa and South Asian and middle eastern countries, neem twig of datoon has been used to clean or brush the teeth. The twig has antibacterial properties and actively prevents plaque formation, bad breath and cavities. It also cleanses your pallet and improves the sensitivity of taste buds. These are easily available at street vendors and Ayurvedic shops. Dr Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda tells you how to use datoon to brush your teeth.

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Datoon Chewing

Step 1: Wash the twig with water and chew on one end to bring out the juices. Swirl around your mouth and spit it out. Also Read - World Retina Day: Preventive Measures To Manage Progressive Retinal Diseases

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Step 2: With the softened end, gently brush your teeth, taking care not to hurt your gums. You can chew on the twig in between and spit out.

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Tongue Scraping

Step 3: When you have completed brushing, split the datoon in two and carefully scrape your tongue. Wash and gargle with water. Also Read - World Lung Day 2022: All About The National Clean Air Program

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Sesame Oil Pulling

Step 4: Follow it with Oil Pulling (Kavala). You can use sesame oil. Swirl the oil in your mouth for 1 minute and spit out. Do this three times.