In other developed nations and in the US, people commonly use electric or nylon toothbrushes to clean their teeth.
But, did you know that in other parts of the globe, there are still developing nations and indigenous cultures that still prefer to use the ancient techniques in cleaning their teeth?
In addition, this reality may at times question if the modern oral hygiene products and teeth cleaning techniques we use today are definitely better than animal bones and bristles, feathers, sticks, porcupine quills or twigs which a portion of the world’s population still use up to this time in cleaning their teeth.
Aside from all these, we also question if our daily diet truly plays a very crucial role in determining oral hygiene than the materials used to look after our gums and clean our teeth?
Admit it or not, there are times when we get confused if the indigenous societies, clans and societies do not consume junk foods and processed sugars and just stick with their conventional diets, then, will brushing the teeth still necessary?
According to a study made in the year 2010 which was published in the British Medical Journal, people who brushed their teeth less than two times per day had an accelerated risk of developing cardiovascular disease primarily due to loss of bone support, connective tissues and inflammation of the teeth. Moreover, in the same study, it was concluded that people who brushed their teeth less than two times in a day, usually, had approximately 70% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, the diets of the participants in the study were not considered.
Meanwhile, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation named Sally Falcon states to Mother Nature Network that in conventional communities that do not have access to Western foods with white flour as well as processed sugars, a myriad of these indigenous people have no dental problems such as dental cavities. And, the amazing thing is that even though they brush less often, they can still confidently smile and be able to display their pearly white teeth.
Is it true that there are still some regions that do not use toothbrushes?
In several regions around the world, there are still people who clean their teeth using twigs which are usually obtained from neem or oak trees. Arab Bedouin tribes are known to clean their teeth using the twigs which they got from an arak tree. This actually contains antiseptic properties. On the other hand, African and Muslim cultures utilize miswak which is a similar stick that naturally contains high concentration of fluoride.
An article posted on the National Academy of Dentistry site states that Hindu priests and Brahmins prefer to use cheery wood to clean their teeth. They face the sun when doing this and this is performed for an hour. Furthermore, there is a religious group in India, Jains who prefer to use their fingers when cleaning their teeth. There are other people in India who use the trigs from coconut, cashew and mango trees when cleaning their teeth.
The facts stated above may be surprising for many of us especially because we already live in modern times. But, let us not only focus on what different people do in cleaning their teeth. What actually matters is we are watchful of our diets and look after our teeth and gums to keep them in good condition all the time.