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Have you ever needed toothpaste, but not been able to go to a nearby store? If you have, you’re not alone. Still, do you know what you can do for your teeth until you’re able to get more toothpaste? Not brushing is definitely not the answer, since you could actually be hurting your oral health. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do until you get your toothpaste.

Mouthwash is one option you should consider. As you may know, mouthwash can fight off cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, and even wash away food particles. However, please remember that, while using mouthwash is better than nothing, please don’t plan on replacing brushing.

Similarly, if you find yourself out of toothpaste and mouthwash, you can also rinse out your mouth with hydrogen peroxide. However, please remember to mix the hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Also, please do not swallow hydrogen peroxide. If you would like to brush, you can also use baking powder, which is a safe alternative that is also included in many toothpastes.

Similarly, chewing gum and certain herbs can help. You see, chewing gum promotes saliva, which carries away bad bacteria and bad food particles. If you are worried about using gum, please consider using mint, rosemary, sage, and thyme instead. Still, please remember that none of these options will work as well as using toothpaste.

Finally, to enjoy a healthy smile, please remember to visit a dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Damon P. Swenson, please don’t hesitate to contact CrossPointe Dental at 801-224-7337. We will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.