For just about everyone brushing their teeth with conventional methods is just a basic part of their daily routine. They think nothing of it and just go on their merry way. However, there are those that may not want to use the conventional methods of a toothbrush and toothpaste for a variety of different reasons. If you are one of those people, you might be trying to figure out what you can do that is an alternative remedy that will still clean your teeth well. There are some things that you can use that are common household items as well as natural and homeopathic products.
If you are trying to find something that you have in your home that is going to help you keep your teeth clean, you don't have to go much further than your own kitchen. More than likely you will find a box of baking soda. Baking soda is a very effective way to clean your teeth. In fact it's a very safe and natural alternative to your store bought toothpastes. You can easily apply it by wetting a clean finger and putting it in the baking soda and then clean your teeth in this fashion. You can also use a harsh piece of clean cloth, put it around your finger, wet it and then dip it in the baking soda and you'll get even a better cleaning this way.
If you want to substitute your floss with something that will get to those pieces of food stuck in your teeth then simply use a toothpick. More than likely you have a box of them lying around somewhere and if you don't you can buy a box at the store for a nominal cost.
Some say there are some foods you can use to help clean your teeth as well. For centuries now it's been said that eating green apples may be effective in helping to remove the plaque from your teeth. Although it's never been scientifically proven, there is no harm in adding it as part of your routine. There are however some herbs that are known for freshening your breath and those would be mint, rosemary and even sage. These will eliminate most odors and even a bad taste in your mouth. As for removing more plaque it is still recommended by dentist to chew a piece of sugar free gum to help loosen up plaque and remove some of it off the surface of your teeth.
If you still want to use toothpaste but you are concerned about the controversy there is about fluoride, then you might want to consider shopping around. Just look at the ingredients in the different toothpastes available and you will be able to find brands that are entirely natural or organic and are completely chemical free.