Everyone has been caught at a time when they needed a toothbrush and didn't have one handy. You might feel like something is stuck in your teeth, that you have grime on the surface, or that your breath is bad. If this is the case, there are some things that you can do without a toothbrush to keep your teeth clean. Here are a few ideas.
1. Drink More Water
After every meal, or each time you eat, you need to drink some water. Water is great for many reasons, one of them being that it will neutralize the acid from the food. If you let the food sit in your mouth for too long, teeth can start to decay and leave you prone to cavities. This is why you should take a water bottle around wherever you go. Before you swallow, swish it around in your mouth.
2. Chew Some Gum
If you can carry sugar-free gum around with you in your wallet or purse, you can use that after you eat. The gum will help to pull the food, acid, and grime off your teeth. Saliva is your mouth's natural cleaning agent, so chewing gum is a good option since it increases saliva flow. Make sure that if you do chew gum, it is sugar free. Chewing gum with sugar in it can be worse than doing nothing. This is because you are just rubbing sugar and acid around your teeth.
3. Eat An Apple Or A Carrot
Apples and carrots are a great way to clean your teeth. Like gum, both of these foods increase saliva flow, and their fibrous, tough skins help to rem An apple a day won't only keep the doctor away, but hopefully the dentist too. Make sure that if you do eat an apple or carrot that you rinse with water. The sugar in the apple and carrots needs to be neutralized.
4. Use Baking Soda
If you pack a little baggie of baking soda, you won't have to bring along a toothbrush and toothpaste. If you have bad breath, just get a little baking soda and rub it around your teeth. Baking soda is a great deodorizer. In addition, it will help to clean the teeth. You can just use your finger to rub in on the teeth and then rinse your mouth out with your water bottle.
These are just a couple simple ways to keep your teeth clean on the go. If you feel like your teeth are constantly dirty or that your breath smells no matter where you are, it may be time to visit a dentist to address deeper issues. Talk with a place like Legacy Dental Arts for more information.Share
22 May 2015
I have always brushed and flossed my teeth daily, but I still had the occasional cavity when I visited the dentist for a check-up. He told me it was normal to have a cavity on occasion and that I shouldn't let it stress me out too much. Well, I am not one to just accept any problem I am having, so I started looking into how to improve my oral hygiene even more. I had always thought mouthwash was just to improve your breath, but I found some that said they helped keep cavities away. I started using one every day before bed. I haven't had a cavity in two years now, and I think the mouth rinse is the reason! I created this blog to remind other people that even if they brush and floss regularly, they can always find ways to take even better care of their teeth.