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    I'm planning to live in the wild for a year but I'm concern with my teeth... I'm thinking of "What's the best toothpaste you can get in the wild?"

    Which I could use 3 times a day in a year.

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    That's it?.....Tooth paste?....Got everything else covered?
    Interesting.

    Anyway, cut a pencil size shoot from a willow bush.... make a brush out of one end, a go for it.
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    I said tooth paste, not brush.

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    The willow sap will clean your teeth.
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    Take it with you. For a year, 6 tubes oughta do you.

    Most "natural" toothpastes are nothing more than a little grit in a binder. It makes short work of getting the soft tartar off your teeth. If you are looking for flouride protection you have to bring it with you. If you are looking to keep your teeth clean, as Hunter63 said, use a willow brush and make sure you get rid of all that soft tartar. Don't let it build up, especially along the gum line or you'll get hard tartar scale and that's the stuff that causes cavities. Bacterial buildup in the soft tartar will also mess iwth your gums. Do you have a dental patch kit in your gear? Are you going to be so far from civilization that you can't get out to treat an emergency?

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    Too many people watching Nat-Geo again! Folks, Mick Dodge does not exist! And the Live Free or Die crew was recruited from the University of North Carolina theatre department.

    Don't worry about the toothpaste, if you are planning on living in a hole in the ground under a tarp you're going to die before all your teeth fall out anyway.

    Unless your face is on a wanted poster down at the post office there is no reason one should not go to town for supplies when necessary, like all the other folks that live in the remote areas.

    Most of the people "living in the wilderness" carry supplies in a ton at a time and rely on extra deliveries throughout the year. They use regular toothpaste just like everyone else.
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    This is just ONE shopping trip I did for my friends in the bush.
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    I would suggest grinding Humming Bird teeth and using carpenter ant saliva as a binder

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    He asked..."What's the best alternative toothpaste you can get in the wild?"

    Forget the paste stuff. In the days BC (Before Colgate), people did what Hunter mentioned, the twig.

    Here's a little more on that. http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/sur...othbrush-field

    Tuft Of Pine Needles
    You might be somewhere without your toothpaste, but if pine is nearby -- at least you have a toothbrush. Grab a tuft of pine needles, and give your teeth a good scrubbing. The needles leave your breath piney fresh, and if you chew them a little, you’ll also be getting a few milligrams of Vitamin C. Just skip the Loblolly Pine in the American Southeast, and the Ponderosa Pine in the American Southwest, as these two species have some toxicity.

    Pounded Hardwood Twig
    The Native Americans in my home state of Virginia were well documented in their historic use of pounded hardwood twigs as tooth brushes. Dogwood, Oak and Maple were just a few of the non-toxic hardwood varieties in use 300 to 400 years ago. These twig toothbrushes were so common in fact, that they were widely used among the colonists and slaves of Virginia.

    To make a twig toothbrush, simply cut a green twig about the diameter of a pencil and just as long. Pound the end of the twig with a clean, smooth rock. Then chew this end for a minute to moisten and soften the bristles; and finally, brush away.

    You can even bend the end of the twig at a 90 degree angle to get the backs of your teeth as well, which is a trick you cannot do with the pine needles.

    Make sure you skip potentially poisonous twigs like Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, Black Locust, Yew, Buckeye and Horse chestnut. It wouldn’t hurt to know what those trees and shrubs look like anyway, to avoid them all for food use, cooking uses and even firewood.
    You can ditch the toothpaste in the woods because certain woods have different antibacterial properties, and in many ways are better for you than commercial paste. Google "twigs for toothbrush" to learn more.

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...brush&start=10

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    Too many people watching Nat-Geo again! Folks, Mick Dodge does not exist! And the Live Free or Die crew was recruited from the University of North Carolina theatre department.

    Don't worry about the toothpaste, if you are planning on living in a hole in the ground under a tarp you're going to die before all your teeth fall out anyway.

    Unless your face is on a wanted poster down at the post office there is no reason one should not go to town for supplies when necessary, like all the other folks that live in the remote areas.

    Most of the people "living in the wilderness" carry supplies in a ton at a time and rely on extra deliveries throughout the year. They use regular toothpaste just like everyone else.

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    Still use the "twig"....kinda like the twig, ...but running outa teeth.....something about chewing on the twig.

    I still like to see the plans and supplies for a year in the wilderness in addition to the tooth paste.........
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    First of all, can we get a little more info? What part of the world/country are you talking about? Age, sex and skill level would also help us help you.

    Second of all, the primitive method is like hunter said, and it does work in my experience for short trips (1 week or less). I have also simply used a rag over the finger tip. Once again, short trips. Long term, I cannot help you.

    Third of all, I agree with the toothpaste idea. It is good stuff and I typically bring the travel size on short trips, unless I forget it. Then I revert back to the twig or the rag.

    @1st: Even the Alaskan Bush depends on Sam's? Man, can't get away from any form of Wally World anywhere!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by natertot View Post
    First of all, can we get a little more info? What part of the world/country are you talking about? Age, sex and skill level would also help us help you.

    Second of all, the primitive method is like hunter said, and it does work in my experience for short trips (1 week or less). I have also simply used a rag over the finger tip. Once again, short trips. Long term, I cannot help you.

    Third of all, I agree with the toothpaste idea. It is good stuff and I typically bring the travel size on short trips, unless I forget it. Then I revert back to the twig or the rag.

    @1st: Even the Alaskan Bush depends on Sam's? Man, can't get away from any form of Wally World anywhere!!!!!!
    Lol they could and they have. They just chose not to any more because they don't need to.
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    Hey!!!

    I don't see any Little Debbies on that cart, nor HO-HOs or Twinkies. Not even a Snowball!

    How can they live in the bush without Twinkies?
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    I use baking powder and a teeth brush, y'all can use a tooth brush but I have more than one tooth to brush LOL

    Many years ago I read a editorial in TMEN about using soap as a tooth cleanser, yuk. Yesterday I was researching another subject and came across another Dr. recommending soap. Something about biofilm.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    Hey!!!

    I don't see any Little Debbies on that cart, nor HO-HOs or Twinkies. Not even a Snowball!

    How can they live in the bush without Twinkies?
    I did another similarly sized load two days later. They had some planes coming in to pick up clients and had empty inbound space. THAT'S where the good stuff was.
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    Baking soda not powder (sodium bicarbonate) not much of it once a day works well. The most important thing is to avoid sugars. A friend of my parents was a dentist who traveled from indigenous village to village working on primitive people's teeth. He said that in areas where sugar cane had not been introduced the people had excellent teeth (no regular access to tooth paste or manufacturered brushes which were exotic luxury items). But when cane, candy and liquor were introduced there dental health deterioration dramatically. One indigenous man I personally knew died of an absessed tooth when there was no outside heath provider there. Don't be "that guy".

    Many antiseptic and/or anti bacterial plant oils work well. Depends on where you are going. Sea salt may work. Neem oil or just the stick from plant is OK, coconut oil, long list of plants and minerals. Some primitive people just use sand or fire place ash but that can give you mouth ulcers and bacteria.
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    Actually I meant baking soda, in my area it is typically from arm and hammer.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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