Lately, I have been hooked on the Discovery’s Channel “Man vs Wild” with Bear Grylls, a fearless man that demonstrates survival techniques in the wild. While watching his show, I couldn’t help but think about what I would do if I was stuck on an island or jungle. For food, I guess I could munch on some leaves, pick some fruit or even attempt to capture an animal if I was ravished with hunger. I don’t know why this thought lingered in my mind, but how would I keep my teeth clean and prevent cavities if I was stuck on an island?
I did a little searching and found the following tips!
When you’re Listerine-less, try to scavenge for crunchy fruits and vegetables. Apples, carrots, cauliflower, celery or even pears provide a crunchy texture and contain natural fibers that when combined with saliva, they help wash food particles away and fight stain causing bacteria.
Need to give your teeth a nice shine without toothpaste? Slice a strawberry and rub it on your teeth to give them a shine. Rinse thoroughly after since the fruit contains sugars and acids that can lead to tooth decay.
Want to create toothpaste in the wild? Mix dried orange peel with dried bay leaves and create a paste. Use your finger or the orange peel to brush your teeth, leaving them clean and shiny!
I’m sure this next one would interest Heidi Montague who spent a few hours in the wild on “I’m a celebrity. Get me out of here!”. I know no matter where this girl ends up, white teeth are top priority. Here’s how to bleach your teeth in the wild. Find a lemon tree and mix some lemon juice with salt from the ocean and start scrubbing. Lemon juice has whitening agents that will leave your smile shiny and white. Due to its acidity, be moderate with how many times you apply lemon juice to avoid harming your tooth enamel.
You don’t have to wait until you’re stuck in the wild to start applying these teeth cleaning techniques. Start munching on more carrots and celery throughout the day, and ask for lemons when dining out to clean your teeth after your meal.