As hard as we all try to be prepared, sometimes you find yourself needing to brush your teeth without a toothbrush or toothpaste (The 7 best toothpastes for sensitive teeth are here) in sight. What do you do? Should you just ignore the build-up on your teeth? Of course not! Here are five easy ways you can clean your teeth in a pinch.
The quickest, easiest, and most accessible way to clean your teeth without a toothbrush and toothpaste is to take a sip or warm water and swish it vigorously around your mouth. This action frees up any surface dirt on your teeth. This is not, however, a viable long-term option, but if you find yourself without a toothbrush and toothpaste for a night or two this option is better than nothing.
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial than water, simply wrap a paper towel or thin cloth around your finger and use it as a brush. This method can work wonders at a moment’s notice. While this isn’t as effective as using a toothbrush and will do little to combat bad breath, this last-ditch approach can remove enough plaque to tide you over until you’re reunited with your toiletries.
Before toothpaste, baking soda was actually the go-to for cleaning teeth, so why wouldn’t we use it in a pinch? To use, simply mix with a little water and then rub on your teeth with your finger. Make sure you try not to swallow and rinse thoroughly after brushing.
If you, for some reason, don’t have your toothbrush or toothpaste but you DO have access to floss, flossing is a great way to remove food debris or plaque from in-between your teeth and avoid excess bacteria growth within your mouth. We suggest, in addition to flossing, you also use the water method mentioned above, to make sure there’s nothing left behind.
Oil-Pulling, if you haven’t heard of this growing trend, is where you place a teaspoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around. Sesame and coconut oils are said to be the ideal for this method, but olive or sunflower oil are also sufficient. Oil-pulling is said to remove toxins from your mouth, allowing you to spit them out into the sink when you’re finished.