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Natural Oral Health Hygiene Solution Taking Hold in Africa

Across the continent of Africa 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. It is cut from wild trees and shrubs in the bush and its users swear it is even more effective as well as natural and perhaps most importantly, cheaper and therefore much more accessible than the pricey, plastic, typical alternative found in pharmacies and supermarkets.

In Senegal, the chewing stick is called “sothiou”, which means “to clean” in the local Wolof language. In east Africa, the stick is called “mswaki”, the Swahili word for toothbrush. Users say the sticks are also medicinal, providing not just dental hygiene but also curing a variety of other ills. Dental experts agree they seem to clean teeth well and some up-market health stores in the United States have been selling chew-sticks as a natural form of dental care.

In Dakar and other Senegalese cities sell neat bundles of the pencil-sized sticks, usually about 6 inches long, are seen for sale placed on the pavement, in fact, a variety of different types of wood at different prices. The Werek is cut from the branches of the gum tree, while the thicker Neep-Neep is thought to also ease toothache. The Cola, cut from a soft, whitish wood, is prized for its sweet taste. When chewed, most of the twigs fray into finer strands, having the effect of “flossing” between the teeth, or if rubbed up and down, can scrub tooth enamel clean as well as any brush. They can, however, have a bitter taste as compared with commercial toothpastes.