As preppers, we always look to the future and try to be prepared for any eventuality. This means thinking about how we will handle things if a disaster strikes or stores are closed for days or weeks at a time.
One aspect of survival life that I’ve not really thought of until recently (it is National Dental Hygiene Month. after all) is how we would keep our teeth healthy and strong if we were unable to visit a dentist or get toothpaste.
This may come as a surprise to you, but you don’t really need “official” toothpaste to keep your teeth clean. There are several viable alternatives that will not only work during a survival situation, but you can also use right now to replace your existing toothpaste.
I am a fan of alternative toothpastes because I do not like all of the chemicals in standard toothpaste. I’ve tried several different natural toothpastes over the years, and I believe these are the most useful in a survival situation.
Traditionally, baking soda has been used to clean teeth for many years. Baking soda can work to kill bacteria, clean plaque and eliminate bad breath. Baking soda is easy to store, lasts forever, and is cheap.
Of course, baking soda also tastes bad, so you may want to mix it with an oil (coconut oil has antibacterial properties) and a drop of peppermint essential oil to make it taste minty fresh.
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If you have bentonite clay and activated charcoal, these two ingredients work to not only remove bacteria from teeth but they also work to whiten the teeth by removing stains. Brushing your teeth with what is essential dirt does look gross (my husband hates it when I brush my teeth with this mixture), but it is effective for keeping your mouth bacteria-free.
This mixture is one of my favorites for survival situations because the clay and charcoal don’t take any special storing techniques and they last forever. You can also add a drop of essential oil to this mixture to make it taste a bit better.
If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, these two mixtures will help keep your mouth clean and healthy without the use of traditional toothpaste.
If you can’t stock toothpaste or want to use something more natural while camping or during emergencies, both of these teeth cleaning methods are effective, safe, inexpensive, and last a long time.