That only happens in the villages anyway. In the big cities, the modern lifestyle keeps the dentists very busy.
First comes diet. They rarely eat any kind of refined sugar. Cakes and sweets are not really a part of West African culture.
A treat for them is to suck a cane stick.
Which is very fibrous. While you bite into it to extract the juice, it’s like flossing a hundred times.
They exercise their gums by chewing their preferred food, which is difficult to chew. They usually prefer that:
as their main source of meat, than a beef tenderloin.
They also chew raw carrots and papayas that are still green, leaving the ripe and sweet for animal breeding.
Yes, all their food is fresh from their own fields and farms. And it’s also 100% organic.
They bite sticks.
And not just any sticks. They’re from specific plants. You bite on one side, forming a brush. It tastes kind of sour. Then you brush your teeth with the tip that turned into a brush. And then you floss them at the same time. And you can update the tip as a toothbrush by chewing a little more.
It has been identified that they work better at preventing cavities and damaged teeth than any toothbrush.