Admit it, at some point in our life we’ve forgotten to pack our toothbrush and toothpaste, or forgot to brush our teeth before heading out. It becomes a problem and we know it. The longer the food particles and bacteria sit on our teeth and gums, the more likely oral damage will occur. No worries with a little creativeness, we can all achieve clean and healthy teeth in a dash. Experts at Grove Creek Dental in Pleasant Grove, Utah suggest you take a look at some of these tips and tricks to keep your teeth clean when you’re in a pinch.
Floss or Floss Picks
Not every one of us carries these, but it’s good to start. Flossing can be a great alternative to brushing your teeth when you are always on the go. They are small, easily portable, and when used can remove bacteria and food particles around the gum line and between your teeth. Floss after meals to help prevent tooth and gum damages.
Another product to think about buying when you’re on the go. These little wipes look like small paper towels that can easily fit over your index finger and be used as an alternative to a toothbrush. The wipe has a minty flavored powder that dissolves to efficiently clean your teeth and get rid of bad breath similar to a toothbrush and toothpaste.
If you don’t have a floss or a brush wipe in handy, try chewing on some sugarless gum to alleviate the food particles in your teeth and freshen your breath. Using gum as an alternative to a toothbrush not only wards off tooth decay, but the xylitol in the gum can provide anticarcinogenic benefits to your oral health. Another alternative to chewing gum would be cheese. Cheese will help reduce the pH of bacterial plaque in your mouth by causing you to salivate more. The proteins within your saliva can help buffer the harmful acids.
Rinse with Water
When you don’t have a toothbrush available, rinsing out your mouth with some warm water can help get rid of some food particles and bacteria in your mouth. Do this when you finish a meal or eat something really course that makes your teeth feel a little bit fuzzy.
Finger Brush and Paper Towel
In the worst case scenario when you don’t have most of the above, excluding the water, try this method. When trying this method, think of it as the brush wipe alternative. Wash your hands thoroughly and then wrap a little bit of some paper towel around your index finger and wet it. Rub the index finger along your gum line and teeth all around your mouth to get rid of food particles and some minor bacteria. Be sure to rinse your mouth out really well with warm water in the end. This won’t help much on the breath department, but it will help clean your teeth for the time being.