Can I Brush my Teeth with no Toothpaste?

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
July 7, 2017

Summertime has arrived and for many out there that means a family vacations and road trips. Whether you’re going camping or visiting a theme park it Toothpasteonbrushis important to make sure you pack all the essentials, which includes your dental supplies. It is important to maintain your regular oral hygiene regiment while on vacation. But sometimes in all the excitement of your upcoming trip you may forget a few things. What happens if you forget your toothpaste and are not able to get any? Can you brush your teeth well enough without toothpaste?

Dry Brushing with No Toothpaste

One of the main goals of brushing the teeth is to scrub away plaque from the teeth. Plaque is the film of bacteria that can form over teeth. Brushing will also stimulate the gums, which can aid in the prevention of gum disease. If you forgot your toothpaste and are unable to get some, then an option you can try is called dry brushing.

Dry brushing means you brush the teeth with a toothbrush like you normally would, just without the toothpaste. The bristles can remove some of the plaque that builds up on the surface of the tooth throughout the day. While this isn’t the best way to keep the teeth healthy it will work to get rid of that sticky film from the teeth for a few days.

Use a Toothpaste Alternative

A main ingredient in most recommended toothpastes is fluoride, because it helps to reduce the risk of cavities. However there are other important ingredients in toothpaste that clean the teeth, including abrasives and detergents. These help to scrub stains from the teeth as well as brush away plaque and food particles from the teeth. Some of the oldest toothpastes actually contained soap that would clean the teeth.

Whatever place you may be staying at, see if they may have castile soap on hand. Castile soap often times is peppermint scented because of the presence of peppermint oil. One small drop on the toothbrush will be able to help clean the teeth. It won’t be able to prevent cavities like fluoride can, but it will aid in washing away debris and plaque, while freshening the breath at the same time.

Some may not like the idea of brushing with soap or even the thought of soap in the mouth grosses them out. Try dipping the brush in baking soda or salt. Both substances are abrasives and can often times already be found in toothpastes. Salt is also a good ingredient for stimulating saliva production in the mouth, which can also help to wash away plaque and foot particles from the mouth.

If you have any concerns about your teeth after your vacation, start with getting back on track with your regular dental regiment. Brush the teeth twice a day and floss daily. Make sure to go to your scheduled dental cleaning so that they can remove all plaque and tartar from between the teeth and from areas that are hard to reach.

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff  at [email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.

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