In a (B)Rush!

Four alternatives to brushing your teeth at work

By: Erin Torrance

A minty fresh smile can be difficult to maintain on the go, especially during that hectic mad dash at lunchtime or after a snack between meetings. While an old-fashioned toothbrush and toothpaste are the best way to go, they might not always be practical while at work. Here are some alternatives, aside from the go-to breath-freshening gums and mouthwashes, that will leave your mouth feeling clean and your co-workers unharmed by that garlic-infused dish you just ate.

The Natural Toothbrush Shop offers the miswak, a natural toothbrush made from the wood of various trees. Essentially, this toothbrush is a twig, and while it may look strange, it has been scientifically proven to be just as effective against plaque build up and bad breath as using a regular plastic toothbrush and toothpaste. The best part? The minerals and nutrients found in the wood offer the same benefits as toothpaste. Store this in your purse for a convenient, effective, and eco-friendly alternative.

Tooth wipes are a handy alternative as well. Most tooth wipes contain a foaming agent that acts like toothpaste, distributing minerals and nutrients while also fighting plaque and bad breath. We suggest Oral B Brush Ups, a wipe that you place on your index finger to then polish teeth. Find them at your local drugstore for about $3 for 12. Tooth wipes will not clean between teeth, so while they are a quick fix, they should not be relied on for general oral care.

For a more complete cleaning routine while on the go, try Floss&Wipe. This product combines a tooth wipe with a strand of floss attached directly to it. You use it by first flossing your teeth and then wiping them clean. While flossing, the cloth comes in contact with your teeth, removing food debris as the floss loosens it. Floss&Wipe is available online only, with the option of purchasing different unit sizes. For a single person, they recommend the pack of 50 at $12.49USD. You can request a free sample here before purchasing.

When you’re completely stuck, try simply eating more—but this time chew on a fibrous food, such as carrots, celery sticks or an apple. They will displace loose food particles and will massage your gum line, removing any stuck debris. But they won’t freshen that breath of yours, so follow up with a piece of gum or a mint!

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