alternate toothbrush

toothpaste - alternate toothbrush
@chubibo (295)
Philippines
May 30, 2008 7:37am CST
what if you want to brush your teeth and found out that you have no available toothpaste or toothbrush.what will you do?well, there is an alternate way or tools on brushing your teeth( only if it is available in your backyard)..did you know that a guava fruit is best for brushing your teeth, its and instant toothbrush and toothpaste..this commonly used in survival drill for military..
8 responses
30 May 08
yes, that's right. i recently saw that on tv. i dont know thought how you do that.plainly eat guava? or is it the leaves that you ought to scratch onto your teeth? they say apple is also nature's toothbrush. i dont know how, though, so at times when im out the whole day,i just try to grab some apple. as for alternative toothpaste, my mother told me as a young girl that salt is a good alternative. so one time when i ran out of toothpaste, i put some salt on my toothbrush and brushed on my teeth. they felt pretty clean!
• Philippines
30 May 08
did you ever get bothered by the taste? coz i never thought you could use salt
@chubibo (295)
• Philippines
30 May 08
just skinned the fruit (just remove the outer layer of the fruit by biting it..) then gently scratch it to your teeth..guava has a flouride that is good to your teeth..
• India
30 May 08
well brushing with salt is ok, it doesnt feel anyhting..just gulp some water down n you feel perfectly clean..ive used it
@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
you can also use salt. this is what our ancestors used way back before toothpaste was invented. salt not only polishes your teeth but it also kills the bacteria. just make sure that you use the iodized salt instead of the rock salt if you don't want to have bleeding gums after brushing. :D
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
are you talking about a filipino ancestor? i know we were thought about salt being an alternative toothpaste but i also know that it was really a forgot-the-name fruit and its leaves that they chew until their teeth gets perfectly yellowish, which was the real ancient form of brushing teeth. i think salt were used later, when people had already known of a toothpaste but is scarce in the region. so salt is definitely an alternative, it can only not clean the teeth but the whole mouth too, you can gargle a lukewarm water with a salt as first aid to sore throat or something like that. but, "nga-nga" is the ancient brushing here in the philippines. again, that's if you're talking about a filipino ancestor.
@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
yes. i'm talking about filipino ancestors. i think i might have given you the wrong details. what i meant by the word "ancestors" was "forefathers". not those people from the ancient times. sorry, my bad. ;)
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
4 Jun 08
No I did not know that. Thank you so much for sharing the information. I have also heard that apples are good as well. But oranges and grapefruits are bad for the teeth.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
Yes I heard about that too. You can use it together with a little salt. Any branch of tree will do, just have the point be pound with stone to produce bristle for use as your toothbrush.
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
i've known of the salt as an alternative but not the guava so thanks for sharing the information. we have a guava tree in our front yard and the kids from the neighborhood love to eat the fruits while we haven't taste them yet (being the products of our mom's labor for that matter. i know the taste of a guava bought in the market though). are guava trees found anywhere? can they grow in any kinds of soil? if they are used for survival drill then they should be really accessible. in the city, salt is definitely more accessible than a guava.
• Pakistan
31 May 08
yea dear i know that i think its batter than brush and past have a great day
• Philippines
30 May 08
can you still eat the guava after you use it to brush your teeth? just curious!
• India
30 May 08
Can u say how exactly can we brush with gauva fruit??? i cant visualise that. well, given a sitaution like that, i shall put some common table salt in my palm and use my index finger as a brush and yes it works amazing