If I recall correctly, tooth paste and tooth brush came into our life around the year 1941. I was in school and in a hostel then. The name of the tooth paste was ‘neem’. All of us took these two as a novelty. It became style and fashion as well, I must say. If you didn’t clean your teeth with a tooth brush you were looked down upon.
How did people clean their teeth early morning earlier than 1940/41?. Most of them used their index finger along with charcoal powder. Some people used tree branches. Such twigs which sprouted with bristles on biting the edge. It did resemble a tooth brush of sorts.
If you ask me, people in that era maintained much healthier teeth than now. One never heard of a person called ‘dentist’. The roadside quacks treated your teeth problem if any. His advice would be, “Use good charcoal powder and you will never develop tooth problem.”
It would be consolation to you to know that Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples also used their index finger to clean their teeth. So did Adam and Eve.
What is the advantage of using your finger? The finger invariably would touch the gum more than the teeth. Your gum would become strong and your teeth would be held more firmly.
When you use a brush, your gum gets damaged, which cannot be avoided. Next, you develop gaps between your teeth. The strong bristles of the tooth brush create them. That’s the start of your teeth trouble. After every meal you have to extract out the small particles jammed between your teeth. You would use a tooth pick to take them out. More gaps would be created and the existing ones would become wider. In course of time, your teeth would start shaking because their foundation would have been disturbed. And you visit a dentist to get the bad tooth removed and the dentist makes money on you.
See what trouble you have brought upon yourself by accepting tooth brush and tooth paste as members of your household?
My advice is, use your right hand index finger along with paste to clean your teeth. Tooth powder would be a better option. Please avoid the tooth brush like plague.
I was given this advice by one of the old men from a village . I didn’t heed to him seriously at all. In fact I ridiculed him..
Some years back, during one of my visits to a dentist for a regular check up, I was told that three of my teeth were on their ‘death voyage’.
“If you feel any kind of pain, come over, OK?” he had said. “Then I would extract out those idiots !”
Then I remembered the good old wise villager’s formula. I fell back upon my index finger. It’s now over 15 years and my three supposedly bad teeth on their death bed, are still going strong.
I wish I had abandoned the tooth brush some forty or fifty years back. In which case all my teeth would have been in tact today.
Now, what are you waiting for ? Go and do it.