Dental care and health statistics are very different across the world. Parts of the world which have less exposure to processed sugar and white flour have less cavities, despite having a less vigorous dental care regime.
It’s not just diet which can differ, even the way people take care of their teeth varies greatly across the globe.
Variations of twigs are popular, and some of the branches even contain antiseptic properties, such as that of the arak tree, used by Arab Bedouin tribes.
A variation of the arak stick used by Muslim and Arab cultures is the miswak, which contains a high concentration of fluoride.
Beyond variations of branches, other cultures in India and Asia use mud, ash and powder to care for their teeth.
It may seem unusual for those who are in the habit of brushing with toothpaste twice a day and flossing regularly, but the statistics show that these variations of dental care are just as effective.