Proper oral hygiene is essential to the health of your gums and teeth, which includes brushing your teeth. Your typical store-bought or commercial toothpaste contains a number of artificial flavorings, chemicals, sweeteners and preservatives. If you would prefer a more natural option or just do not have toothpaste or baking soda -- a common substitute for toothpaste -- available, you do have options. There are a variety of different and safe ways to brush your teeth without the use of toothpaste or baking soda.
Use only your toothbrush. Brush dry to remove plaque and food buildup from your teeth. While not effective in eliminating odors, dry brushing can help reduce the occurrence of gum disease.
Brush using plain water and sea salt. Wet your toothbrush and place a pinch of sea salt on your toothbrush. If your toothbrush dries before you are finished brushing, wet and apply more sea salt.
Use hydrogen peroxide -- with a concentration of 3 percent of less -- to help clean and white your teeth. Soak the bristles of your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and brush.
Grind white clay. Mix clay with sea salt, boiling water and peppermint oil. Mix together and use. Make this mixture in small batches as it goes bad easily. Use 100 g of white clay, a pinch of sea salt, a few drops of peppermint oil and enough boiling water to create a cream-like consistency. White clay can help to increase tooth strength and help prevent tooth decay.
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Sea salt is corrosive and should not be used in individuals with metal dental work such as crowns or braces.
Hydrogen peroxide should only be used occasionally -- no more than twice a week. Prolonged use of hydrogen peroxide can damage your enamel and weaken your teeth. Enamel damage cannot be reversed.