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When in Kenya, brush your teeth like the Kenyan's do!

When in Kenya, brush your teeth like the Kenyan’s do!

“Recently I came across a young man brushing his teeth with what appeared to be a normal stick. Upon farther investigation, I was informed that this was no ordinary stick toothbrush. It was a stick from the Kenya Greenheart tree. I was really intrigued by this new discovery. Would this be something that I can bring back to our patients at Seasons of Smiles Dental in Camden, Maine?

So I set out to do some fact-finding. After hours of research, I came across information that stated that the Kenya Greenheart tree is highly medicinal and used for many ailments. The leaves, twigs and root bark have high antimicrobial activity and the various plant parts can cure/alleviate symptoms ranging from malaria to your average toothache.

Kenya Greenheart Tree- the new toothbrush!

Kenya Greenheart Tree- the new toothbrush!

That information wasn’t enough to convince this young skeptic. I had to explore this for myself. So I chopped off a branch, skinned the end, chewed a bit and soon had a highly functioning native toothbrush. The minty-ness that was promised was nothing like Crest but after the bitter taste faded there truly was a slight minty flavor.”

Krista has promised to update Seasons of Smiles if there are any more discoveries which help to improve oral health. She encourages all to continue brushing regularly even though they do not have access to this wonderful discovery!

More blog posts from our dental assistant can be read at KristaRN.com. As of this writing she has posted 7 blog posts, my personal favorite is “A 20 Cow Wife“.

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