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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 definitely an option you should consider, especially since it is a relatively common household items. As you probably know, mouthwash can help you fight off cavities, gingivitis, and even bad breath. Similarly, mouthwash can carry away food particles, which can help you prevent decay. However, while mouthwash is a great option, please remember that it cannot act a permanent replacement for toothpaste.

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. James Thomason, please don’t hesitate to contact North Fork Dental Care at 208-356-3012. We will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.