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    DAKAR, Senegal - Brush your teeth every day, dentists say. In Africa, that can mean keeping your toothbrush in your mouth all day long.

    Across the continent south of the Sahara, many people go about their daily business with a small stick or twig protruding from their mouth, which they chew or use to scrub their teeth.

    Cut from wild trees and shrubs in the bush, this is the African toothbrush. Its users swear it is much more natural, effective - and cheaper - than the prettily packaged but pricey dental products on sale in pharmacies and supermarkets.


    "There are several documented studies which suggest that the cleaning sticks are at least as effective as normal toothbrushes and paste in maintaining routine oral health," Christine D. Wu, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, told Reuters.

    She said some laboratory studies indicated plants from which some of the sticks in Africa are cut contain protective anti-microbial compounds that act against the bacteria in the mouth which cause tooth decay and gum disease.

    "And if these sticks do contain fluoride, as plants do, then this would be beneficial for caries prevention," Wu said, although she stressed much more research needed to be done on the sticks and their use by humans.

  • #2
    We use toothbrushes in America.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?


    • #3
      Another Ufo post here...
      Africans use toothbrushes.
      They have teeth.
      So they have a mouth.
      That rug really tied the room together


      • #4
        Back in the 80's when I was in Saudi some of us went downtown and found an old man selling sticks. They were used for brushing your teeth. He showed us that you chewed on one end and it cleaned your teeth when it got chewed up.
        You rubbed the chewed end around your teeth a bit and chewed again.


        • #5
          Since prehistoric times, humans have searched for the perfect tool to remove debris from between their teeth. Early dental instruments consisted of sharp objects made out of wood or porcupine quills to dig the bits of food out. Archaeologists have found fossilized skulls from more than 1.6 million years ago with evidence of toothpick use.
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