Miswak - For several years now, i have not used toothpaste due to the fact that it contains fluoride and or artificial sweeteners. Instead, I use baking soda and peroxide and find that it is a better combination for me. Also, whenever im in the middle east or Indonesia/Malaysia, I like to use "Miswak" as part of my daily oral hygene routine. It is a good natural root and has many good properties, to include NO fluoride.
The miswak's properties have been described thus: "Apart from their antibacterial activity which may help control the formation and activity of dental plaque, they can be used effectively as a natural toothbrush for teeth cleaning. Such sticks are effective, inexpensive, common, available, and contain many medical properties". It also features prominently in Islamic hygienical jurisprudence.
The miswak is predominant in Muslim-inhabited areas. It is commonly used in the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, parts of the Sahel, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, miswak is known as Kayu Sugi (Malay for 'chewing stick').