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What do you do to keep up your oral health? Do you make a point of brush and floss every day? If so, good for you—but what would you do if you found your toothpaste tube empty one day and weren’t able to get more right away? As you can probably guess, you shouldn’t just avoid brushing. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do in a pinch.

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, please remember that brushing alone won’t be enough to keep your teeth healthy and strong—even with toothpaste. You see, you’ll also need to visit a dentist every six months for a routine checkup. If you’d like to schedule a checkup, please call Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. at 540-886-1979. Our dentist, Dr. Alan J. White, and our team will help examine your gums and teeth. We look forward to hearing from you!