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The foundation of a healthy smile is oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth. To do a good job of cleaning your teeth, you need to brush them at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day. It is not a bad idea to brush and floss after every meal but you should wait for at least thirty minutes after you eat to give your saliva enough time to neutralize and wash away the acids left over from your food. And of course, you need to see our dentist, Dr. Glorimar Llavona for your regular cleanings and exams.

But on occasion, you may find yourself in a position in which you can’t brush your teeth. You may be away from home on an unexpected trip or stayed longer than you intended to at festival or other gathering. Or you may have simply forgotten your toothbrush. When that happens, don’t worry, there are still some things you can do to clean your teeth.

You may be able to get to a convenience or grocery store and buy a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash. If that isn’t a possibility, a little salt, baking soda or toothpaste, if you can find it will work well on your finger. Some people have suggested that castile soap will makes a good substitute for toothpaste, but you should check with dentist for a second opinion.

If you can find them, crunchy fruits and vegetables with high water contents can hydrate your mouth, and the fibrous food will scrub your teeth. Celery, apples and carrot sticks will do just fine. You can also eat some cheese. The calcium is good for your teeth and the texture of the cheese will clean your teeth as you eat. Green tea is also good for your teeth, so if you can find it, enjoy a cup, or rinse your mouth with it.

Chewing sugarless gum will stimulate the production of saliva, which will hydrate your mouth, clean your teeth and add fluoride from your body to your teeth. You can always give your teeth a scrub with a soft paper towel. And if all else fails, vigorously rinse your mouth with water. It may not be perfect, but it is better than not brushing at all!

Of course, it should go without saying that as soon as you get the chance to properly brush your teeth, you should. These tips are not designed to replace your regular brushing and flossing routine, but to give you some alternatives when you can’t brush.

If you have questions about oral hygiene in Weston, Florida, or if you would just like to schedule a cleaning and exam, call Dental Specialists of Weston at 954-349-4993 today, and we will help you plan your visit.