Tooth bud extraction and rubbing of herbs by traditional healers in Tanzania: prevalence, and sociological and environmental factors influencing the practices.

@article{Kikwilu1997ToothBE,
  title={Tooth bud extraction and rubbing of herbs by traditional healers in Tanzania: prevalence, and sociological and environmental factors influencing the practices.},
  author={Emil Namakuka Kikwilu and J F Hiza},
  journal={International journal of paediatric dentistry},
  year={1997},
  volume={7 1},
  pages={
          19-24
        }
}
The practice by traditional healers in Tanzania of extracting tooth buds or of rubbing herbs on to the gingivae of young children to cure fevers and diarrhoea has been known for many years. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of these practices in different regions of Tanzania and to identify sociological and environmental factors influencing belief in their efficacy. A total of 1052 children were examined for missing primary teeth, or scars or wounds on the gingivae… CONTINUE READING

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