As an oral fitness expert, I live by the mantra that brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day, is a requirement for optimal oral health and hygiene. Right up there with food, air and water! However, sometimes there is what I call, a “toothbrush emergency.” Forgetting to pack your toothbrush for a trip, an unexpected overnight or a toothbrush accidentally falling into the trash.

How can you clean your teeth without a toothbrush? Here’s my Check List of Do’s and Don’ts.


DO’S 


Before eating breakfast
, attend to your teeth and in any way possible, remove acid causing bacteria that if mixed with food, helps create acid causing cavities.

Mouthwash freshens your breath, but make sure it’s alcohol-free so it doesn’t cause dry mouth.

Floss and Interdental brushes clean between the teeth, remove food particles and scrape away the film-causing plaque.

Gum soft rubber tips clean around your gum line, helping stave off periodontal or gum disease.

Wipe your tongue with a clean washcloth, wet paper towel or scrape it with a spoon to remove bacteria and plaque that can cause bad breath.

Baking soda mixed with a little water and salt, applied with a clean finger or a piece of paper towel can act as a gentle abrasive cleaning tooth and tongue surfaces.

Rinsing or oral irrigation helps flush food particles and bacteria away, and freshens your breath.

Swish around some coconut oil in your mouth for a few minutes; called “oil pulling” it naturally kills off mouth bacteria.

Eat a few crunchy vegetables like fresh celery, carrots, broccoli or cucumbers to help scrape plaque away and remove odor causing bacteria.

Eat a chunk of cheese to increase saliva, your mouth’s natural cleaner, and neutralize acids that can cause cavities.

Eat some strawberries which contain malic acid, found to buff stains from teeth with a gentle whitening effect.

Eat cinnamon with its natural oil known to inhibit the growth of cavity causing bacteria.

Drink a cup of tea full of flavonoids and natural fluoride that prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth, and even makes them stronger!

Chew sugar free gum with xylitol which changes the chemistry of your mouth, producing more saliva that washes away cavity producing acids.


DON’TS 


No
toothpicks!

No pieces of folded newspaper or magazines with toxic inks!

No kitchen utensils like the pointed tip of a knife or a fork tong!

No opened paperclips or pushpins!

And never rinse after cleaning with a Fluoride toothpaste because it might lead to tooth decay! Fluoride strengthens teeth, so spit out the residue and let what’s remaining on your teeth do its good work.


You can see that in a No Toothbrush Emergency there are happily more DO’S than DON’TS. And that’s good news!

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