Toothpaste
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john braun
(Hitman) - F

Locale: West Florida
Toothpaste on 02/12/2009 21:46:55 MST Print View

What do you do for toothpaste? I remember getting a super small tube at a hotel once. Darned if I can remember where though.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Toothpaste on 02/12/2009 21:51:26 MST Print View

Pharmacy travel section...or Mike Clelend' toothpaste dot technique.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=17119&skip_to_post=130044#130044

Edited by Steve_Evans on 02/12/2009 21:54:36 MST.

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Re: Toothpaste on 02/12/2009 21:53:19 MST Print View

A couple of drops of Dr. Bonner's.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
"Toothpaste" on 02/12/2009 21:55:10 MST Print View

about 1 tsp. Baking Soda for trips longer than than 4-5 nights, shorter than that, you don't need it.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
toothpaste on 02/12/2009 22:21:41 MST Print View

an active ingredient in mouthwash: chlorine dioxide
an active ingredient in some toothpaste: chlorine dioxide
an active ingredient in Aquamira: chlorine dioxide

take if from there :)

Craig Shelley
(craig_shelley) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Toothpaste: Oral B Brush-ups on 02/12/2009 22:32:10 MST Print View

I like taking an Oral B Brush-up with a piece of floss for each day (a toothbrush isn't needed). For two nights, this weighs about 3 grams.

Craig

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Toothpaste on 02/12/2009 22:49:36 MST Print View

i go without.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Toothpaste on 02/12/2009 23:08:38 MST Print View

I use Eco-Dent Tooth Powder...sold at most health stores. Very easy to pack and has all natural ingredients!!!

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
Baking soda, whats it made of ? on 02/12/2009 23:29:20 MST Print View

PLease dont say baking soda. I never really thought about it, but whats it made from? Ali

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
Baking soda ask a stupid question... on 02/12/2009 23:36:50 MST Print View

Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slight alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate). It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs. The natural mineral form is known as nahcolite. It is also produced artificially.

Since it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, bicarbonate of soda. Colloquially, its name is shortened to sodium bicarb or bicarb soda. The word saleratus, from Latin sal æratus meaning "aerated salt", was widely used in the 19th century for both sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. The term has now fallen out of common usage. Ali

Edited by barefootnavigator on 02/12/2009 23:37:47 MST.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Baking Soda & Salt on 02/12/2009 23:44:19 MST Print View

I have been using a mixture of 2/3 Baking Soda & 1/3 Salt.

I keep it in a small ziplock baggie.

Initially, this was a really nasty tasting combo, but after a few trips I am used to is and my 6 yr old daughter is used to it to.

Nice thing is that you don't have to rinse your mouth out.

Technically, it could have dual usage....upset stomach.

The salt helps will killing bacteria.

1 oz of this mix is probably enough for 1 week or more.

-Tony

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Toothpaste in a straw on 02/12/2009 23:46:27 MST Print View

Put it in a straw. Fold the ends of the straw over and then slide a small section of straw tube over the top of each fold to hold it in place.

John Sixbey
(Wolfeye) - F
tooth powder on 02/13/2009 00:15:15 MST Print View

I use tooth powder I picked up in a drugstore. I'd tell you the brand, but apparently I put it someplace "special" and can't find it.

I tried homemade powder using baking soda, and this stuff tastes a lot better.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Toothpaste on 02/13/2009 00:50:58 MST Print View

I use baking soda. A small amount in a mini (craft store) ziplock lasts a long time and weighs next to nothing. I like the fact that there is nothing to spit out (LNT).

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Toothpaste on 02/13/2009 01:44:17 MST Print View

Baking soda. Usually in a film container (a relic from the last century) because I also use it as a deodoriser and to wash myself with.
And as above, I don't spit it out because a little bit is good for the stomach.
Franco

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Toothpaste on 02/13/2009 07:03:33 MST Print View

1/4 oz poly container for colgate total.

http://www.rei.com/product/605887

Edited by jshann on 02/13/2009 07:04:03 MST.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Travel size on 02/13/2009 08:50:00 MST Print View

I use travel size and when it's empty I squeeze a little from a full-size container into the travel size container. Just a little.

Hiking the PCT last summer to Mt. Shasta I only ever did this once and I think I replaced the travel size once. I didn't brush every day, especially when water was scarce.

victoria maki
(clt1953) - F

Locale: northern minnesota
re:toothpaste on 02/13/2009 09:49:13 MST Print View

Whoops. Posted on the wrong forum. To people who want to use baking soda but can't stand the taste. They have powdered tooth powder at the health nut store. Either mint of cinnamon flavor. Much better tasting than b.s.

Klas Eklof
(klaseklof) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Eucryl on 02/13/2009 14:06:59 MST Print View

I tried a few DIY powder recipes but was never satisfied. A friend turned me on to a commercial british product named Eucryl Toothpowder:

http://www.eucryl.co.uk/

It is fantastic. NFI.


- Klas

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Toothpaste on 02/13/2009 17:52:25 MST Print View

I carry a travel tube of my favorite type (no dyes added). I find it at nearly any drugstore for $1 or so in the travel mini section. Most companies make minis. You can also find most of them at Minimus.biz as well.

I also carry a full toothbrush (gasp!) and floss.

My teeth deserve good stuff ;-)