Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace

Environment Friendly Living

There are some alternatives of toothpaste in ancient India as a part of

YOGA

.

Try Teeth cleaning twig :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teeth_cleaning_twig

DANTA MOOLA DHAUTI

The Sanskrit word danta means ‘teeth’, dhauti means ‘wash’ and moola
means ‘root’. Therefore this practice is concerned with cleaning the
teeth and gums.


Utensils

In India today the traditional method of cleaning the teeth is by means of a twig from a neem tree. The twig is usually about fifteen centimetres long and half a centimetre thick and it has good alkaline and astringent properties. The end of the stick is chewed until it forms bristles. These are then used to brush the teeth and gums. Both chewing the end of the stick and using it as a brush makes the teeth and gums strong and clean. After use the stick is thrown away.

This method is probably impractical for most people. If this is the case, then use a soft bristled brush to clean the teeth and try to clean the brush as often as possible. The gums should be cleaned with the index finger making a hard, rubbing motion over both the inner and outer gums. You should try to clean your teeth at least twice every day, and even better after each meal.


Dentifrice

The important qualities of a dentifrice are that it is sufficiently abrasive to remove ingrained stains on the teeth, germicidal to destroy bacteria, as well as being able to wash the teeth and gums.

The ancient yogis always made their own tooth powder out of catechu, alum, myrobalan and the ash of burnt coconut shells in the proportion 1:6:1:2. However, these substances are not readily available and so most of us will have to stick with the toothpastes of today, the best of which are generally available at ayurvedic pharmacies, health and macrobiotic food stores. Additionally, some excellent dentifrices are wood ash or lemon juice which can be applied on a brush, or the rind of a lemon which can be rubbed up and down on the teeth and gums. This is a particularly good method of removing tarnish from the teeth.

Source :

http://www.tranquilitytraining.com/2010/hatha-yoga-danta-dhauti/

Interesting Blog:

Verdict on Neem Chew Stick Toothbrushes


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