WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AFRICAN TWIG? PEOPLE NO LONGER FIND IT FANCY OR WHAT?
Back in the day I always heard older ones say how that the African twig is more natural, healthy, and yes of course, cheaper – some even say that it is medicinal and cures certain ailments unlike the “modern day” means of keeping great oral hygiene. Fast forward to a couple years later, no one seems to be spotted using the African twig, called chewing stick in Nigeria, Sothiou in Senegal, Mswaki in Swahili speaking African speaking nations.
However, this trend isn’t about the extinction of the African twig (still in use in many rural places in Africa), or the use of a toothbrush (whether manual or electric), but it is about the fact that Africans have begun to floss.
It is true that Africans have increasingly become health conscious and oral hygiene is gradually becoming an important topic for discuss. Although we are still trying to get a hang of flossing but it is likely to become an important part of culture.
No one likes a bad breath, plaque, or discoloration of the teeth. Millenials and generation Z communities want to look presentable when they step out and also exude utmost confidence. As a result seeing the dentist, brushing the teeth twice a day, and flossing is becoming the way to go for oral hygiene.
Bye bye to the twig.