Use a cotton swab instead of a toothbrush to clean sensitive teeth and gums. A cotton swab won’t clean the crevices of teeth or in between them, but it can be sufficient for temporary cleanings or for applying whiteners. A cotton swab is also useful and gentle enough for cleaning a baby’s teeth.
Baby Teeth - Put baby, fluoride-free toothpaste on the tip of the cotton swab. Toothpaste is optional, a baby's teeth can be cleaned without it.
Place the tip of the cotton swab in the baby's mouth.Brush the teeth clean with the end of the swab.
Wipe the swab against the gums to remove plaque.
Adult Teeth - Squeeze a drop of toothpaste on the tip of the cotton swab.Place the swab in your mouth and use it to scrub your teeth with the toothpaste.
Move the swab over all surfaces of your teeth and tongue.Spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth with water.
Teeth Whitening - Mash two or three strawberries together in a bowl.
Dip the swab in the strawberry paste and cover the swab with seeds.
Rub the strawberry seeds against your teeth with the swab.Rinse the seeds from your mouth with water.
Brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove the sugar and acid left behind by the strawberries.
Rinse your mouth with water.