Plaque is a standout amongst the most widely recognized dental issues, influencing a large number of individuals over the world. If the plaque is left disregarded, then tartar is formed, which is basically solid plaque.
Latest studies suggest that in addition to oral problems, oral inflammation and bacteria can lead to many other health problems, including strokes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease and oral cancer.
If toothpaste is less accessible, we will need to fall upon more traditional means to clean our teeth.
Here are 7 alternative ways to clean your teeth and gums without a toothbrush or toothpaste:
#1 Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and salt
Baking soda can help fight tooth decay and salt works to reduce dental bacteria. Most studies show that baking soda is more effective at plaque removal than toothpaste. It’s pretty usual amongst older folks to just use straight baking soda to brush, and this seems to be an effective tactic. In a 2008 study, a baking soda toothpaste beat an antimicrobial non-baking soda toothpaste in plaque removal and tooth maintenance.
Method – wet the tip of your index finger and place a small quantity of the salt and baking soda mixture on the gums. Starting with the upper outside gums and then the inside of the upper, followed by the lower outside of the gums then the lower inside. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly efficient at killing the parasites and bacteria that cause plaque.
#2 Essential oils
Oil pulling, also known as oil swishing, is an age-old practice that helps strengthen the gums, teeth, and jaw while preventing tooth decay. Incorporating essential oils into your dental preparedness supplies can function as natural antimicrobial and antibacterial agents. In addition, they keep your gums healthy and brighten your teeth, and work as natural cleansers for a well-rounded mouth health.
You can use oils such as eucalyptol, coconut, cinnamon oils.
Method – Simply put a tablespoon oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for 5 to 20 minutes. Spit it out. Avoid swallowing or gargling the oil.
#3 Green tea
Green tea contains polyphenol antioxidant substances that reduce plaque and fight gum disease. It also prevents bad breath. A 2012 study published in the Archives of Oral Biology found green tea to be a promising natural product in oral health. Also, according to the results of a research study published in Preventive Medicine, people who regularly drank green tea were found to have superior oral health compared to those who did not drink green tea.
Green tea is more than the key to a healthy smile. It’s like liquid medicine for your body and mouth, but because it tastes so good, you’ll never have to hold your nose!
#4 Orange peels
Orange peels are not acidic like the fruit and hence will not erode enamel (a substance which covers the outer layer of each tooth). In addition, they contain d-limonene, a natural scent and solvent. A study published in a 2010 issue of the “American Journal of Dentistry” found that d-limonene was significantly effective in reducing smoking stains on teeth and inhibited the development of further smoking stains.
Method – rub the peel of an orange on your teeth before sleeping, without washing your mouth afterward, as it helps your teeth battle against bacteria.
#5 Eat foods that naturally cleanse the teeth
Some of our favorite vegetables and fruits are natural abrasives and eating them scrubs your teeth in a natural and harmless way. Apples (contain vitamin C, which is necessary for healthy gums, as well as malic acid, which helps to whiten teeth), raw carrots, celery (chewing celery produces a lot of saliva, which helps to neutralize the acids that cause cavities) and onions (they kill various types of bacteria, especially when eaten raw).
#6 Use chewing sticks
Several early cultures used chewing sticks with aromatic or antiseptic properties, such as miswak or neem. The miswak can be used at any time of the day since no toothpaste or water is required.
Method – start by chewing off of the bark at either end of the twig. Stop when you’ve exposed an inch or so of the wood underneath. Spit out and discard the bark. Now, start brushing. Press the bristly tip of the stick into your teeth and move it gently up and down to scrub their front surfaces.
#7 Hydrate your mouth
This is the most basic a person can get with cleaning their teeth. Drink a glass of water for every hour that you’re at work. The more water you drink, the more bacteria you flush off your teeth and out of your mouth, which means less risk of gum disease, fewer cavities, and fresher breath.
#8 Eat high-alkaline foods
Because high-alkaline foods neutralize the effects acidic foods have on your pH level, the same process comes into play with regard to tooth erosion. Highly acidic foods wear away the protective enamel on teeth due to their low pH level. Consuming more foods in the alkaline pH range won’t contribute to tooth erosion because they don’t hinder the remineralization process your teeth are always undergoing.
Do NOT use regular toothpaste. Most of it has fluoride which clearly is a neurotoxin, in the same category as lead, arsenic, and mercury.
How do you take care of your teeth? Do you do anything special? Let us know about it in the comment section!