A series of studies over the past 20 years consistently shows that neem chew sticks — or extracts from them — are as effective (sometimes more effective) as the traditional nylon toothbrush and the commonly prescribed chlorhexidine gluconate, which may cause dangerous allergic reactions as well as stain teeth permanently. * (Learn more here.)
To use a neem stick for oral care, chew the end of the stick to form bristles and then carefully rub the bristles along your gum line as you would a toothbrush. Cut off the end each time you use it to ensure freshness. A quarter-pound contains between 15 and 25 chew sticks depending upon the size of the stick. They should last about three months.
For best results, refrigerate (don’t freeze!) until you’re ready to use them but keep them in paper not plastic.
And if you’re trying neem chew sticks for the first time, be sure to ask for a sample of neem bark toothpowder. Its first ingredient is neem bark so it’s nearly as effective, but it also contains cinnamon and cloves so it’s as bitter as a natural neem chew stick.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We typically ship chew sticks that are about 6 inches in length and are the approximate width of a Number 02 pencil, down to smaller sizes with brown bark. If you’d rather have the softer growth at the end of the branch — or tougher bigger sticks — please let us know. It’s easy to accommodate your wishes, but only if we know which you prefer.
Please note: you will get fewer sticks if you request larger sticks, and more if you ask for the smaller sticks because they are sold by the pound.