Ways to Clean Your Teeth Without a Brush

It’s not uncommon for us to forget our toothbrush when staying over at a friend’s house or staying overnight at a hotel, so what do we do in such a disastrous and traumatic scenario? A lack of toothbrush and/or toothpaste can have us feeling like we shouldn’t step foot outside, let alone take the tip back home.


So what do you do in the event of forgetting your toothbrush? Here are some useful tips you can follow to replace what proves to be such a dependable household object when there isn’t one in close proximity.

Use a Paper Towel

There’s no need to fear paper cuts for starters and this useful household objective proves to be an excellent substitute for a forgotten toothbrush. This is a hard hitting method of tooth brushing that hits plaque hard and ensures no trace of any food is left between your teeth. All you need to do is wrap a piece of the paper towel around your finger and you’ve got a really useful tooth cleaner. This is certainly one for those with limited resources at hand, though of course it’s not as effective as a toothbrush which can access the hardest-to-reach parts of your teeth. It does however clean the front and surface areas of your teeth enough for you to head out and reunite yourself with your beloved toothbrush.

Rinse With Water

Working wonderfully in combination with the paper towel method, water is an excellent way to ensure your mouth is cleaner after eating. Simply pour yourself a glass of water to accompany your paper towel method and swirl it in your mouth once you’ve brushed for around 3 minutes or so. This will loosen any tougher plaque that is still lingering and ensure no dirt is left on the surface of your pearly whites. Once you spit it out (into a sink preferably), the plaque that was stubborn enough to withstand the paper towel should also be removed.

Dental Floss

Floss is a really useful part of teeth cleaning that shouldn’t be ignored any day of the week, yet so many of us don’t include it as part of our cleaning schedule. If you’ve somehow managed to forget your toothbrush yet remember your floss, take full advantage and use it to remove any food particles and plaque that have got stuck between teeth. In combination with water, this is a great way of ensuring your teeth are as clean as possible. You can rest assured that nothing will be left behind and your mouth will also feel a whole lot fresher. We highly recommend you don’t rely on shoelaces or string in its absence however…

Baking Soda

Certainly a historic influence here, with baking soda often relied upon for homemade toothpastes in the past. Baking soda has always been an effective tooth cleaner yet many are perplexed as to how to prepare it before brushing. All you need to do is mix it with a little water to form a smooth paste before rubbing the solution on your teeth. Use it with the paper towel method for optimal results and don’t forget to rinse afterwards. Do everything your power not to swallow it! Baking soda is famous for its whitening capabilities, so you can rest assured your teeth will look whiter afterwards as well. You may even convert entirely from this point on!

The Oil Method

Hugely popular in today’s beauty-orientated world, oil-pulling is basically taking a spoonful of sesame or coconut oil and swirling it in your mouth as you would when rinsing with water. It is believed that the oil helps to lift toxins from within the mouth, providing additional health benefits on top of teeth cleaning. It also has whitening properties, so it seems this method can’t go wrong!

This article was provided by Mike James, an independent writer working alongside a selection of companies in the health industry, including Horsham Dentists Dental Healthcare – who were consulted over the information contained in this piece