I spent my childhood living below the line of poverty and experiencing the stresses of a family struggling to make ends meet and it’s no secret that dental hygiene can be expensive. The good news is I have been there and that there are many frugal alternatives that work just as well – if not better – than the more expensive options.
Now, I want to make clear that this solution is meant to be a temporary solution while you while navigating through economical hardship during this recession.
In this post, I’ll share my favorite frugal alternative to dental hygiene
Brushing my teeth with salt
Salt is cheap, and can be found in almost any supermarket It helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums, and it also helps neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay. Salt is also a natural whitener, so it can help brighten your teeth.
To use salt for brushing your teeth, simply dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish the salt water around in your mouth for two minutes, then spit it out. Rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth as normal.
You can also use a sprinkling of salt on your tongue to help remove plaque and bacteria – a great alternative to mouthwash or toothpaste.
If you’re one of those people who has to avoid using salt, you can still use salt for your dental hygiene – just be wary of using it in place of toothpaste
Brushing your teeth with salt, or any kind of abrasive for too long is harmful to your teeth and gums. It can also weaken your teeth. Salt can eat away at your teeth over time, You will be on your back feet soon, and this is only a temporary solution so use it sparingly.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, I recommend using salt-based toothpaste. If you are interested, you can check out my favorite salt toothpaste.
Another great frugal dental hygiene option is using a miswak stick. Miswak is a natural twig that has been used for centuries as a natural toothbrush. It’s incredibly effective at removing plaque and bacteria, and it’s also very affordable.
Nowadays, miswak is being marketed as a natural, inexpensive alternative to toothpastes. In reality, modern toothpaste contain similar ingredients to those found in miswak. You can find them in your local health food store.
To use the miswak, simply scrape off the woody bark and dip the stick into a cup of water then brush your teeth using the miswak. You can use the same water for several sticks before discarding it.
Another option is to buy the miswak ready-made from your local health food store.
Carbon brush in teeth
Carbon brushes are used to remove tartar from your teeth. It’s inexpensive, and is widely available.
You can buy carbon brushes in the health food store and use them as a natural alternative to tooth brushes and floss.
Carbon brushing vs. toothpaste
Using a carbon brush instead of toothpaste or floss can be risky. Carbon brushes can wear down your teeth, so it’s a good idea to use them sparingly. They can also be abrasive, so use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth.If you have sensitive teeth, I recommend using a carbon brush in the morning and a soft toothbrush in the evening.
If you’re looking for more information on tooth brushing and dental hygiene, I recommend this post.
Here are a few tips for cleaning your mouth and teeth without spending a lot of money.
Cranberry juice is a natural remedy for gingivitis and tooth decay. It’s also a great cleaning solution for the whole mouth.