Just for fun I’ve made some twig toothbrushes. 😀
I’ve cut fresh twigs into toothbrush-length sticks, removed the bark, and pounded one end with a hammer to make the brush.
I was curious since I’ve read about how to make vegetable tooth brushes in 1841 (ca. in the middle of the page). I’ve searched the internet a bit for tooth cleaning sticks or chew sticks, such as miswak and neem sticks.; and toothbrush history (and here are some pictures of antique toothbrushes).
For my twig toothbrushes I’ve used apple tree and mirabelle twigs from our own trees because I’ve just pruned those two 😉 ; but I’ve read that other trees can also be used as teeth cleaning twigs, such as hazelnut, willow, birch, and pear tree (If one doesn’t remove the bark from the willow twig, the chew stick would also have a painkilling effect! 🙂 ).
It was fun to make these twig toothbrushes. 😀 And I like that they are natural, plastic-free, compostable, and I think they’re very useful for a survival situation or camping.
Here you’ll find more about tooth care: Victorian and Edwardian tooth powder and toothpaste recipes, brushing the teeth with soap, basic tooth powder recipe, and natural homemade toothpaste recipe.