As much as you want to keep to your normal routines as possible in life, there are definitely some times and moments when you have to throw normality out of the window and find an alternative option!
Brushing your teeth can be one such occasion because sometimes you don’t end the evening at home like you thought you would, and sometimes you forget to pack that damn accessory! Here are some ways to clean your teeth without a toothbrush.
Swish and Spit
If you have access to water but no brush, then it is always worth doing a quick swish and spit to try to dislodge any of the debris that might be between your teeth. It’s important to get as much of that out as possible to avoid that debris forming plaque.
This is some people’s idea of a scrapey, texture nightmare, but you can benefit from grabbing a damp clean cloth or towel, wrapping it around your finger and then rubbing the surface of your teeth with it. It will have a more abrasive debris removing effect than just swishing water.
If you have some sugar free gum on hand then give that a chew for a while. It will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth and this will help to neutralise the acids and freshen your breath at the same time.
If you know that you don’t have a toothbrush on hand, then think about your dietary choices and try to make the right decisions. Avoid anything that is too sugary, because the bacteria in your mouth feeds off of the sugar and actually turns it into acid which attacks tooth enamel.
If all else fails, simply use your finger! Mix a small amount of baking soda or toothpaste with water and rub gently all over the tooth areas that you can reach. It is definitely better than nothing and you will feel the benefit over not cleaning at all.
Whilst flossing should already be part of your daily dental routine, in the absence of a toothbrush and paste, this is a great way to remove food debris or plaque from in-between your teeth. It might be worth swilling water around your mouth after though, to make sure there's nothing left behind.
Eat fruits and vegetables that clean your teeth.
The abrasive nature of fibrous vegetables can help to clean your teeth, while the vitamins and acids they contain have benefits for whitening teeth and fighting cavities.
- Apples – Apples contain vitamin C, which is necessary for health gums, as well as malic acid, which helps to whiten teeth.
- Carrots – Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which strengthens tooth enamel. The fibers in carrots can act as micro-bristles on the tooth surface and also in between your teeth, creating a natural massage of your gums.
- Celery – Chewing celery produces a lot of saliva, which helps to neutralize the acids that cause cavities
Baking soda is definitely a dated method, but before toothpaste, baking soda was the norm. Take some household baking soda and mix it with a little water. Once the solution is thoroughly mixed, take it and apply it to your teeth! To make things even better, baking soda has whitening properties! Just be sure you properly rinse your mouth after use and try not to swallow any during the process.
There are so many different ways to keep your mouth clean and fresh even when you aren’t able to brush your teeth. Make sure you do not depend on these methods, rather use them when you feel necessary.
Keep up with your regular dental health regiment of flossing, brushing and using mouthwash at least two times a day and after meals. Also, be sure to visit your dentist twice a year at minimum for a clean mouth.