Day 10: Happy Teeth

This is Day 10 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.

I wanted to beat my bf at who has the lightest backpack, so started to question everything in my pack. Do all toothbrushes weigh the same? How much of the handle can I cut off and still have a comfy grip? Can I use something other than toothpaste to clean my teeth?

All of these obsessive questions led me to my favorite toothpaste or should I say tooth powder. Tooth powder is dried toothpaste, which is ideal for weight-conscious travelers. Even after using Primal Life Organic’s Dirty Mouth tooth powder for the first time, my teeth felt like I just got them professionally cleaned! Even more amazing is that the powder is designed to help regrow your tooth enamel. Already my teeth are much less sensitive to hot and cold and my tooth hot spots are going away. It also tastes so yummy that I actually look forward to brushing my teeth! Whenever I run out of tooth powder I am really bummed (like now).

Another lightweight toothpaste option is to make homemade toothpaste dots (shown in the photo). I made toothpaste dots by squeezing out rows of toothpaste onto a plate and letting them dry for three weeks or so. Then I cut them up into 1/8″ chunks and put them into a little ziplock baggie. When I want to use them, I pop one in my mouth, chew it like gum to rehydrate it, then brush my teeth with the bamboo toothbrush. Another plus to making toothpaste dots is that you have control over the quality of the ingredients, like using organic toothpaste, instead of being stuck with the limited options for travel sized toothpaste.

I adore my bamboo toothbrushes because they are mostly biodegradable and the handles are easy to cut down to size. Guess which one I take when I’m traveling?

I want to try simplifying and lightening my load even more by omitting the toothpaste and using the TwigBrush. Essentially you brush your teeth with a twig that naturally eliminates bad breath, removes stains and whitens teeth. Does anyone use the TwigBrush? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And for more engaging reading…

For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.

Yesterday’s post was Wardrobe Overhaul

I’ll see you tomorrow!

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