Ujjain :Miswak, the natural dentist is all set to return on the Kshipra banks after decades of paucity, as the forest department recently spotted a rare tree on Narsingh Ghat in struggling conditions.

Forest department is touting the spotting of single Miswak tree as a rare find, saying they have no records to last findings in the Malwa region. Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr Praveen Chandra Dubey told the Free Press, the tree was spotted in the underway Kshipra cleaning campaign. He said it was rare find as Botanical Survey of India has only reported sightings in the Muraina district in State.

We were informed that a tree is barring the lifting on silt from the river bed near Narsingh Ghat. Soon a team of forest officials were dispatched to take stock of the situation and it was one of our Deputy Forest Officer who identified the tree as the rare Miswak. Soon the tree was put under guard by the forest team, he added. He said the tree was once found in abundance in the region, but became extinct recently due to human abuse, he added.

Miswak the natural toothbrush

Miswak is known as the natural toothbrush, has fibrous wooden structure, which serves as an excellent substitute to an artificial toothbrush and has wide variety of medicinal properties. The biological name for Miswak is Salvadora Persica. According to the World Health Organization, Miswak usage is recommended and encouraged for oral hygiene. It was found that Miswak not only contains antioxidant compounds but also contains antioxidant enzymes. The synergistic action of the two is extremely beneficial for oral hygiene.

The silica found in Miswak adopts the role of an abrasive, which has the ability to remove tooth stains, resulting in cleaner teeth. Tannins found in Miswak take the role of astringents (a chemical compound which causes contraction of tissues to stop blood flow), which was found to help decrease noticeable gingivitis. Also Calcium saturated in the saliva, as a result of Miswak use, was found to assist toward remineralisation of tooth enamel, supporting the production of stronger teeth at large. The Miswak also hold stature in Islam, where it is promoted during Ramzan in the community.

Local dentist Dr Govind Singh said, researchers have found that Miswak has plenty of antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. Some research studies claim that Miswak has anti-plaque effects and can potentially have an impact on the pathogenesis of periodontal disease by reducing the periodontopathogenic bacteria. CCF Dubey said around 5000 plants will be planted along the Kshipra bed in the coming year. The tree we have found will be used to obtain seeds and plants will be grown till April this year, which will be planted in various phases.

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