Natural Solutions for Oral Hygiene and DIY Dental Care

Dental care is about far more than keeping your chompers looking good so you can feel confident and polite society. Failing to keep your teeth clean and any oral maladies taken care of can eventually lead to excruciating pain and turn life threatening far more quickly than one would think. A body that is dirty will begin to host bacteria in ever-increasing, constantly multiplying numbers. Depending on the type of bacteria and where it is on your body the maladies that might develop and escalate can range anywhere from annoying to life-threatening.

While good oral hygiene can improve breath, keep teeth white and make for a pleasant social experience for those around us, brushing and flossing is not necessary for preventing tooth decay. "Some groups of Indigenous people who had fermentable carbohydrates stuck on their teeth all of the time, without any brushing or flossing, were mostly or entirely free of tooth decay."

"You can minimize your tooth decay, prevent it entirely, and even heal tooth decay once a cavity has formed, if you make good choices for yourself based on the knowledge of the lifestyle led by decay-free Indigenous people."
Read also: Prevent + Get Rid of Cavities Naturally

Damage Prevention:
Wilderness Dental Care: A toothbrush with toothpaste is always the best way to clean your teeth. If one is not available or you find yourself in an emergency survival situation, clean your teeth in other ways. A wash cloth or towel can be used to remove the soft, sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that develops on the surface of the teeth. The end of a thin green twig from a non-poisonous tree or bush can be used. Chew it until it is soft and fibery and use this end as a brush to clean the teeth and gums. Even your finger will work if nothing else is available.

Activated Charcoal (for whitening)
Toothbrush Alternative - Teeth cleaning twig

DIY Dentures and Temporary Repairs
[Know Your Options Video]    [Making Dentures Video]
DIY Impressions Sent to Make Dentures:    [Link 1]    [Link 2]    [Link 3]    [Link 4]    [Other Links]

The Great Fluoride Debate:
Cleaning Options:
Make your own natural Tooth Powder
Does Toothpaste Expire?:
Toothpaste does have a shelf life. The ADA requires any toothpaste containing fluoride to carry an expiration date two years after the manufacture date. The fluoride becomes less effective as it does not bind well to tooth enamel, thus it loses its ability to brush away bacteria in the mouth and protect against cavities. Ingredients start to separate, including the flavoring so it becomes quite unpleasant to your taste buds. Toothpaste may just become too dried out and hard to squeeze through the tube. Read more. But don't throw it away; surprisingly, there are a ton of uses for toothpaste outside of the mouth.

Oil Pulling
Mouthwash (homemade): 5 Best Natural Homemade Mouthwashes    [Article 2]    [Video]
Dental Repairs:
Dental Pain Relief:
References: Dental Care Post-SHTF

No kind of medical or dental advice is being offered here. This information is being presented for informational purposes only and should NOT be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, or course of action. It is presented to help make better health decisions with the participation of a licensed health professional, if desired. These techniques have worked for many others and is presented in the spirit of education and sharing. You are solely responsible for your own actions on how you use this information.

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