Dr.Hauschka Med

Teeth are not just an expression of our vitality, but of our internal development. When a child's permanent teeth come in, it is an important step on the path to adulthood.

Siwak Before Every Prayer

Many cultures knew thousands of years ago that wellbeing starts in the mouth. Around 1900 B.C. the Egyptians used to rinse their mouths with baking soda every morning, a practice which was second nature to them and which they called the "early meal". The use of mouthrinses and of chewing sticks from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) for cleaning the teeth was mentioned in the ancient Indian Law Code of Manu in 600 B.C. For the prophet Mohammed (c. 570 – 632) dental hygiene with chewing sticks from the wood of the Arak tree (Salvadora persica), also known as miswak or siwak, was a religious obligation. He was convinced that a prayer from a clean mouth was worth more than 75 normal prayers.

Fans Against Decay

The Europeans were not so good at oral hygiene. The toothbrush imported from China in the 15th century was rarely used in the Middle Ages and decayed teeth were extracted by barbers or blacksmiths. Prayers to Appolonia, the patron saint of dental disorders, were said to protect against toothache. In the Baroque and Rococco periods perfumes were used to cover up not only body odour but also foul breath from decaying teeth. Fans concealed gappy smiles. The toothbrush only gradually found its way into German households in the 18th century. The first International Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden in 1911, which attracted five million visitors, finally rang in the age of hygiene in Europe too. Oral hygiene articles became affordable for everyone.