Dental care is not easy in Western World. Over 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year because of they cannot afford it. Most of them suffer from dental disease. This affects, one way or another, their productivity, and financial stability.

The Borana Oromo are well aware of the need of dental care. If you need to learn how to take care of your teeth organically or naturally, watch this video for free.

5 thoughts on “Organic Dental Care in Borana, Oromia

  1. Dental problem is more worst in developed countries like Europe, U.S.A, Canada, Australia etc, than in developing countries like Africa, Asia, Latin America etc. In developed countries people use foods and drinks with too much sugar and fett, which in turn harm their health, while in developing countries people use organic and natural foods and drinks which are efficient to keep the peoples health in natural condition.

    Coming to the point of teeth care in Oromia, or anywhere in Ethiopia, at first place, babies grow up by feeding on the natural milk which they suck from mother’s mama. After growing up to the stage of ability of brushing their teeth by themselves, they start using some traditional plants and fruits to use as a brushes and medicines. Some of these very known plants are:

    Vernonia Amygdalina, very bitter ( in Afaan Oromoo ” eebicha “) , used as teeth brushing.

    Solanum Incanum, very bitter ( in Afaan Oromoo ” hiddii “), used to rub the juicy fruit onto the gum.

    Thorn Apple, very bitter with nasty pugent odor ( in Afaan Oromoo ” asaangira “), used to rub the squeezed leaves onto the gum.

    Besides using these traditional teeth caring, the Oromos once in a year use to eat the medicinal fruits of the following trees or plants:

    Carissa Spinarum, very sour fruit with milky liqued ( in Afaan Oromoo ” agamsa”)

    Sizygium Guineense, mild sour fruits with pinky liqued ( in Afaan Oromoo ” baddeesaa, goosuu”)

    Cordia Africana, honey tasting fruits ( in Afaan Oromoo ” waddeesa “).

    Rhamnus Prinoides, drinken with ” Farsoo” ( in Afaan Oromoo ” geeshee “). Rhamnus Prinoides, in spite of their being used as fermenter, its bitterness can care for the teeth health.

    Even, I have seen people eating the nettles ( in Afaan Oromoo ” gurggubee “, in Amharic ” sama”), in Amhara region Gonder. When I asked why they eat nettles, they answered me by saying, it is good for the teeth and digesion.

    According to my Oromo traditional knowledge, all of these above mentioned trees and plants are used to protect the teeth from caries and periodontitis, which are the chronical teeth diseases in the developed countries. On the other side, the developed countries have developed many technics to challenge the natural failures of the teeth. Such as repairing the diastema ( kaarruu ) by putting braces on it and others modern teeth technics. But the most very important thing is to care for the natural teeth than expecting the unnatural modern technics.

  2. @Oromian bateleur
    What is your mission?

    Vernonia Amygdalina, very bitter ( in Afaan Oromoo ” eebicha “) , is not used as teeth brushing!

    Solanum Incanum, very bitter ( in Afaan Oromoo ” hiddii “), is not used to rub the juicy fruit onto the gum. It is likely damage teeth!

    Thorn Apple, very bitter with nasty pugent odor ( in Afaan Oromoo ” asaangira “), is not used to rub the squeezed leaves onto the gum!

  3. Dig-Inward

    To your question, ” What is your mission ? ”

    Here there is no mission, I personal have no any mission than commentating on the given article.
    On some issues we can guide one another on the right way than instigating and creating unexisting controversy. Oromia is very wide with its rich culture and different ways of daily living. So my above comment is based only on the local area in which I was born and grown up. In Oromia, we have ” high land “, ” tempered land ” and ” low land “. All Oromos in these different climate areas live and act according to their vicinities fauna and flora. Using local traditional plant medicines is also the same.

    I know that if exccesive vernonia Amygdalina, Solanum Incanum and Thorn Apple have used, they are poisonous. Especially, if they are taken in or swallowed, they are very dangerous. But Oromos are adapted to use it carefully for thousands of years.

    Look, I give you one example, usually, Castor seed ( ija qobboo ) is the very dangerous poison if taken in, but people used to diminish its poison by heating it.

  4. A wonderful scientific message in health education. This cultural dental medicine from the Borana Oromos from Oromia may augment the modern scientific community in the world that is engaged in discovering new medical approach to alleviate human health conition than engaing in producing wareheads for life extinction on earth. The presenter of this documentary article deserves acknowledgement and encouragemento to continue on bringing to light knowledge from inaccessible communities barred from world knowledge by the brutal regimes they live under with no near future for solution to the political connundrum..

  5. I grew up brushing my teeth with twigs of certain plants. My dental care was clean, cost-effective and most of all, healthy.

    If you look into the eyes and teeth of those young and colorful girls of Borana and others in Ethiopia, the whiteness and perfect arrangement of their teeth is absolutely stunning. That makes their beauty hypnotizing. Consciously or subconsciously, I always wanted to see them smiling.

    Thank you for posting the video clip.

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