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.
1. 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.
4. Food Choices
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.