African Brushing Sticks

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It may seem absurd but we have all seen it done on “man vs wild” where Bear grills takes a stick to his teeth in order to clean them. While this may not be the best option especially if you are in Sandy and need a Dentist, it can actually be pretty efficient and maintaining healthy teeth.

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African Brushing Sticks

  1. 1. African Brushing Sticks It may seem absurd but we have all seen it done on “man vs wild” where Bear grills takes a stick to his teeth in order to clean them. While this may not be the best option especially if you are in Sandy and need a Dentist, it can actually be pretty efficient and maintaining healthy teeth. Since Egyptian times Africans have been brushing their teeth in very inventive ways. Using animal bones, feathers, and quills from porcupines were not that unusual. African Chewsticks One specific way that proved more effective than the rest were the chewsticks found all over Africa. These sticks not only cleaned off plaque but had a chemical makeup of fluoride and other useful dental strengtheners and protectors. Alongside fluoride there are antiseptics, detergents, enzyme inhibitors, and abrasives. In Swahili these sticks are known as Mswaki which means toothbrush in Swahili. While many may be skeptical of the actual efficiency when compared to actual toothbrushes there can be no doubt that they had to be the best options before the invention of toothpaste. While the “chewstick” traveled all over Africa it was not widely accepted by Europeans mostly because of the flavor. Many in Africa can be seen chewing on pencil-thick sticks while going about their day. These sticks are chewed on until they fray. Once frayed the ends of the sticks can be used to rub teeth (much like a toothbrush). Before the fraying they are used more like toothpicks or dental floss. Behind the Brushing Sticks Many Africans choose to use these sticks not only because they are convenient and sold at the traditional markets, but also because they are super inexpensive. They are also somewhat stronger than regular toothbrushes. These natural options may increase on the market not only in Africa but America and Europe as well. This would be in relation to the growing organic style markets that are increasing in popularity in these two continents. These sticks have been known to protect chewers from gingivitis and other nasty gum disease, tooth decay, and even sore throats. These sticks may be able to be grown and distributed in climates in the US as well.
  2. 2. The question is whether this organic and natural frenzy occurring in the US is more of a fad or is it becoming a lifestyle? By answering this question business people will be able to effectively market these chewsticks and enter a niche market that has, thus farm remained untapped. It is ultimately up to the preferences of those individuals using teeth cleaning products. It may also take some convincing evidences that compare toothpaste to these chewsticks. If customers can see the advantages of chewsticks they will be more ready to change over. In the end our smile is a big part of our lives and that is very true even in countries like Africa. If you feel like your teeth are having problems it may be good to visit a dentist here in Sandy in order to get to the root of your problems.

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