Hate the idea of a toothbrush but aren’t thrilled with the convenience factor of having to go to a dentist? There’s good news for you: you have a choice. You can either brush your teeth or create that healthy, white smile that you’ve been dreaming about. Brushing might be better than going to the dentist.
How to brush your teeth?
Step 1. Clean the teeth with a baking soda and water mixture.
Baking soda is a natural agent that can be used to clean your teeth without an abrasive effect on the gums. Baking soda, like toothpaste, has abrasive qualities, but it doesn’t irritate your gums like toothpaste do. It leaves no stain on teeth or tongue like toothpastes do. Instead of having to go to the dentist for cleaning your teeth with an abrasive agent, you can use baking soda at home to clean your teeth easily.
Step 2. Use a tongue cleaner to remove the germs on the tongue’s surface.
After brushing with baking soda, use a plastic or metal tongue cleaner to scrape the bacteria off of the tongue. The heat from your mouth can kill them if you clean them well, but using a tongue cleaner will make sure that all of the bacteria is gone.
Step 3. Chew cinnamon sticks or clove buds for fresher breath.
Chewing cinnamon sticks and clove buds is another good way to decrease odor in your mouth and promote fresh breath by decreasing odor-causing bacteria in your mouth and killing it off. Chew one cinnamon stick in the morning and one clove bud in the evening for fresh breath and clean teeth.
Step 4. Use a toothpick to remove food particles from between your teeth.
Toothpicks will help remove food residues and leave your teeth looking even cleaner than they were before you started brushing them with baking soda. It is important to use a toothpick because it is too easy to overbrush if you use a regular toothbrush, and that can damage your enamel or gums. It’s also important to floss after brushing, but that doesn’t count as part of the four-step process because flossing should always be done after brushing no matter how you choose to brush your teeth.
Step 5. Store the toothbrush in a waterproof container after using it to maintain its effectiveness.
Keep your toothbrush in a plastic or metal container that you can keep in the bathroom because it will inhibit bacterial growth once you put it away. Before discarding your toothbrush, make sure that the bristles are free of odors and moisture because bacteria like these two things to grow on surfaces. To remove odors, use a pencil eraser or other material to rub around the bristles of your toothbrush for about 10 minutes. To remove moisture, use alcohol soaked paper towels to dry out the area inside of your container where you store your toothbrushes.
Step 6. Rinse with warm water.
After doing everything else you need to do, rinse with warm water to remove any particles or taste from your mouth that might have gotten there while you were cleaning your teeth. Your mouth should feel fresh after this, but if it doesn’t, you might want to try another toothpaste or brush with baking soda on the surface of your teeth again before remembering that the dentist is just an option instead of a requirement for maintaining healthy teeth.
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How many people currently brush teeth?
According to a survey of 2,000 Americans by Harvard University, about 91% of adults brush their teeth every day. At the same time, 61% of them say that they have never received dental care from a dentist. So almost two thirds of all adults have never received dental care even though they are brushing their teeth every day!
Just brush your teeth twice a day. If not, at least brush once.