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What to do when you forget to brush your teeth

By – Bad Breath Expert
Posted: May 4, 2015
SUMMARY: Here's a list of ways to clean your teeth in those rare moments where it may have slipped your mind during your rushed morning routine.

There's no need to be embarrassed, forgetting to brush your teeth happens to the best of us on occasion. Perhaps you were in a rush because you were trying to catch your bus or were running late for work. Given that you've gone through your morning routine so many times, it's completely possible to forget to do something and not realize it until you've already left.

Although it's recommended to brush them at least twice a day, forgetting to brush your teeth once won't be the complete end of the world. But you should still do what you can to remedy the problem, whether it be from dental health concerns or anticipating embarrassing interactions throughout the day. Luckily for you, there are some ways to hopefully resolve before anyone can notice.

With toothpaste
If you're the kind of person that anticipates as much as possible, you may already be prepared for a situation like this. If you're lucky, you've already got toothpaste somewhere nearby, either at your desk or in a bag. If all you're missing is a toothbrush, you're in relatively good shape. All you'll need to do next is get some water and a paper towel, which can both be conveniently found in a bathroom. You'll wrap the damp paper towel around your finger, place a small amount of toothpaste on it and brush thoroughly as you would with a tooth brush. Make sure that you rinse well and repeat the process if need be. 

Without toothpaste
This is where things get interesting. You may find that you're without any dental supplies at all. If this is the case, you'll have to improvise. Here's a list of nonconventional methods of cleaning your teeth:

  • Dry rub: It may seem a bit unorthodox, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It's been found that using water and good, old-fashioned elbow grease to rub plague away with your fingers is better than nothing. 
  • Baking soda:  There are lists out there that claim there are over 50 different ways to use baking soda. At the top of many of them comes oral care. Many toothpaste brands actually advertise that they use basking soda as an ingredient because it's been proven to be so useful. You can put some baking soda onto a wet paper towel or cloth and use it as you would toothpaste and a toothbrush. 
  • Sea salt rinse: A lot of the nutrients found in sea salt are good for your teeth and gums and help to remove plaque. Whatever means you go through to clean your teeth, it's good to follow up with a thorough salt water rinse. 
  • Take a trip to the store: Honestly, this entire process may become a lot easier if you stop by a convenience store. Even if you choose to not buy travel size dental supplies, you could still purchase items that would help. Chewing sugar-free gum could help remove any debris or plaque, as well as teeth wipes that you can slip on your finger. 

Keep in mind that you shouldn't have extended periods of time without using a toothbrush and toothpaste. These methods aren't meant to be long-term solutions as much as they're quick fixes to a temporary problem.

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