We have always been taught to brush our teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste and floss it regularly, but before the toothbrush and toothpaste were invented, people still kept their teeth clean and white.
How did they do it? Use some accessible alternatives ofcourse; and there have been plenty of such natural oral hygiene substances in nature. Let us take a look at some of those alternatives, mostly low-cost that can help you have a shining and confident smile:
Tooth Cleaning Alternatives
They are black but can make your teeth white! You can collect the leftover charcoal obtained after burning fire in a fireplace and grind it into fine powder and rub it over your teeth as a toothpowder. They wash off easily, remove stains and even absorb bad odour of the mouth.
The most traditionally used natural teeth-cleansing item, twigs of trees like Eucalyptus, Neem, Bay, Oak, Fir, Birch, Elm, Arak, Persimmon, Senna are still widely used for oral cleaning. To use them is simple. Take a twig, about the size of a toothbrush and chew on one of its side.
When the side splays into bristles, use them on your teeth as you would a toothbrush. They are not reusable. These herbal toothbrushes contain natural oils and antibacterial agents that fight germs and prevent the teeth and gums from various diseases.
Look no further than your kitchen to get the next teeth-cleaning agent on our list. Baking soda by itself or along with equal proportion of salt can act as a very effective tooth-powder.
Hydrogen-peroxide can also be used along with baking soda for use either as toothpaste or mouthwash when mixed with necessary quantity of water. It is recognised for its teeth-whitening quality.
Chew These Leaves
Leaves like those of Mint and Parsley can be chewed in order to get a disinfectant effect as well as fresh breath. Leaves of Sage can be used to clean the teeth by the way of wiping then around the teeth. Sage leaves have are antiseptic and are good to get relief from ulcers in the mouth. It is ideal to use these leaves each time after having food.
Do not be mistaken. We do not mean just any green water. Green tea as well as the water in which green leafy vegetables are cooked or soaked can serve as great mouth-washes. They contain Fluoride which is very essential for keeping our teeth in a healthy condition.
Coarsely Woven Cloth
A coarsely woven cloth wrapped around a finger and used to rub on the teeth is said to be more effective than using a toothbrush. A small quantity of baking soda or pharmaceutical quality chalk or salt can be put on a wet cloth for better results.
Toothpicks may not be able help you with the antibacterial and refreshing effects, nevertheless they can be used to remove the food-debris tucked between the teeth. One however needs to cautiously use them so as to not hurt the gums.
In earlier times, in some of the places, people used pine and cactus needles as toothpicks. With these set of ideas for cleaning teeth we are sure you must be very eager to quit your toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses and chemical mouth-washes.