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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

African Toothbrush Trees

Toothbrushes and toothpaste are not the only ways to brush and whiten your teeth, using African teeth cleaning sticks from the neem and other trees is a traditional way to brush and whiten teeth.


Miswak twigs contain an antiseptic property similar and even better than toxic teeth whitening toothpaste, which cannot be swallowed.
Nature's toothbrush, in Africa, that can mean keeping your toothbrush in your mouth all day long

African Toothbrush Trees and Natural Toothpaste. 

While it is common in industrialized countries to use factory made toothbrushes, most of the world’s population, especially indigenous cultures in Africa, still use old-world techniques to keep their teeth clean. 

How to clean your teeth without a toothbrush? 
In many regions of the world, people are cleaning their teeth with twigs, most often from the abotesima tree, gum tree, Kola-nut tree and the neep-neep or neem tree to name a few. People chew neem twigs instead of using toothbrushes, which can be very costly and must be replaced often. 

Teeth twigs or toothbrush trees go by hundreds of names throughout Africa depending on the region; siwak, miswak, margosa, datun and kangeta are some of the most well-known tooth twig names.

Toothbrush and Teeth Whitening Trees In Africa, that can mean keeping your toothbrush in your mouth all day long. 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. 

Twigs from these trees contain an antiseptic property similar and even better than toxic teeth whitening toothpaste, which cannot be swallowed. What people eat is more important in determining oral hygiene than the materials used to clean the teeth and gums. 

Processed sugar, flour, rice, and junk food are a danger to our teeth as well as the rest of the body. Oral hygiene can be a very important component of our overall health. The World Health Organization has encouraged the use of chewing sticks as an alternative source of oral hygiene in poor countries where many cannot afford commercial cleaning and whitening dental products. 

Toothbrush trees are not just a rural African product, upscale health stores in the United States have been selling chew-sticks as a natural form of dental care. 

If chewed, most of the twigs fray into finer strands, which have the effect of flossing between the teeth, or if rubbed up and down, can scrub tooth enamel clean as well as any toothbrush.

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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