Simplicity level-up: healthy teeth

“Teeth are always in style”

Dr Seuss

If you want to go next level simplicity you need to do some research on alternatives to must have personal items. As an example – brushing your teeth with toothpaste and a brush isn’t essential for good oral hygiene.  It’s just the accepted convention of our time.

In your lifetime you will use around 750 disposable plastic brushes that aren’t all that disposable at all. They will take about 500-1000 years to decompose in landfill (10 times the length of your life).

Commercial toothpaste also contains fluoride which many people have a problem with.

The alternatives to a plastic brush are:

  • Your finger (handy!!)
  • A wooden brush
  • Chewing the root of a fibrous plant to physically remove plaque and bacteria
  • Use a paper towel or a cloth to wipe your teeth
  • Use a waterpik
  • Floss instead
  • Add salt and/or baking soda to water and swish it in your mouth

If you’d like to avoid fluoride:

  • Install a reverse osmosis water filter or brush with bottled water
  • Use a non fluoride toothpaste (usually available from organic or wholefood stores)
  • Brush or wipe your teeth with baking soda or a salt water solution

Do some of your own research and try a bunch of alternatives.

At the very least you’ll have skills to cope with the situations where you’ve forgotten to pack your brush and paste.

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