Reasons why most people in Turkana uses Asekon(Salvadora-persica) mostly and low cases of oral hygeine diseases are reported

Esekon(Salvadora-persica) tree with berries

Asekon(Salvadora-persica )

Asekon( toothbrush stick) is obtain from Esekon tree.It’s a well-branched, and evergreen shrub found in the dry and arid regions Turkana. Esekon tree found in most parts of the county is drought resistant and is highly regarded for promoting mouth hygiene. In their daily activities, most residents are often armed with esekon toothbrushes

Asekon has Used for centuries as a natural toothbrush its fibrous branches have been promoted by the World Health Organization(WHO) for oral hygiene use

Composition of Asekon sap: Fluoride –remove dental caries , calcium ,phosphate  Vitamin c– which is also contain Esekon berries, Antibacterial  and Ant mycotic substance


BENEFITS OF ASEKON (Salvadora persica)

   Mineral deposition

Minerals are lost from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids — formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth —attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay.


Asekon has got strong antibacterial property .Therefore the low PH value concentration of chewing sticks extracts is capable of killing normal flora in the mouth-that work best in alkaline condition of saliva

Antifungal effect

Asekon sap extract have antimicrobial substance that are capable of inhibiting growth of pathogens that causes candiasis(Candida albicans).Oral medical research shows that those who used Asekon (Salvadora persica) for oral hygiene were found to have a significantly lower prevalence of oral candidiasis compared other


The root of  Asekon (Salvadora persica) contains oil substance that prevent cancer, the  oil composed of Benzylisothiocyanate (BIT).BIT is classified as one of the chemo-preventive agents that are thought to prevent carcinogenic and other genotoxic compounds from reaching or reacting with the target sites on the treated tissue


The use  asekon was more effective than conventional  tooth brushing in reducing plaque(aputhianut akituk) and gingivitis(ejot) provided it was used correctly

We Turkana Informative Heallth recomend use of that natural stick .This is the reason why it has been reported that turkana county have minimal cases of dental diseases