SHTF Dental Care: 6 Alternatives to Toothpaste
by Tess Pennington
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popular belief, your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Over
the years the dental industry has made a killing selling the idea
that we need to brush our teeth with toothpaste and chemicals in
order to keep our teeth clean.
In a SHTF or
long-term emergency scenario, tooth paste may be less accessible
and we will need to fall upon more traditional means to clean our
Below are six
alternatives to toothpaste that can be used to not only promote
healthy teeth and gums, but most of these alternatives have antibacterial
and antimicrobial properties that assist in preventing dental issues
such as gingivitis, canker sores and gum disease.
Traditional peoples the world over use natural tooth brushes
made from healing plants. These primitive twig brushes
actually work quite well, and provide a natural-bristle, disposable
brush with healing herbs already incorporated right in the plant.
People would chew on the tip of a twig to make it spread out into
several small strands. They would then use it in the same way that
a toothbrush is used. If this is the only option to brush your teeth,
look for twigs that contain oils to help stimulate blood circulation,
tannins that tighten and cleanse gum tissue and other materials,
such as vitamin C, which maintain healthy gums. Bay, eucalyptus,
oak, fir, and juniper and twigs of the neem tree are good choices
to make primitive toothbrushes with.
Salt is a multipurpose
prep that every prepper should have a good supply of. In the
case of dental health, it is a mild cleanser that can be used multiple
times daily or as a mouthwash to help with bad breath or used as
a disinfectant rinse. Salt has a natural healing property to it,
as well as removes plaque, tartar and bad breath.
teeth Mix one part salt to two parts baking soda after
pulverizing the salt in a blender or rolling it on a kitchen board
with a tumbler before mixing. It whitens teeth, helps remove plaque
and it is healthy for the gums. Another recipe for cleaning teeth
is one teaspoon each of ground sage, baking soda, and table salt.
mouth Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda as a mouth
wash that sweetens the breath.
Baking soda is a classic amongst natural teeth cleaning methods,
and is harmless. It is very effective in removing stains and killing
plaque-causing bacteria, and it also reduces acids which harm your
tooth enamel. Hippocrates recommended a mixture of salt, alum, and
vinegar as a mouthwash for preventative measures.
oils Incorporating essential oils into your dental preparedness
supplies can function as natural antibacterial and antimicrobial
agents, as well as natural cleansers for a well-rounded mouth health.
Essential oils such as peppermint and spearmint can be mixed with
water to make dental rinses too.
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