What will post pole shift survivors substitute for toothpaste? I don't know, except that I've been using something that I have around our house with seeming success. There's some liquid that remains after boiling water for distilled water. It's usually colored lightly brown and heavy in lime. I retrieve this from a small Sears water distiller. The water distiller makes one gallon of distilled water. From that gallon, I get several tablespoons of residue. I rinse my mouth with 1 tablespoon of the residue after I brush my teeth. This few seconds rinsing in the mouth will neutralize acids that cause tooth decay.
The reason I thought the residue might be good for teeth is that the high concentration of minerals in the residue might bond to teeth and thus strengthen them. Yes, my teeth need the help. After a month, I'm not 100% convinced that it works in this way, but my teeth seem to stay cleaner during the day even after meals, and I'm experiencing less pain from some of my weaker teeth. The residue is also antiseptic because of the extreme high density of ions in the solution. When I wake up in the morning, I have the sensation of a clean mouth, even more so than when I use a store-bought antiseptic mouthwash.
In other words, using this residue could offer an additional solution to oral hygiene for those people in a pinch, as so many will find themselves post pole shift.
Offered by Charles.
I would not recommend using the distillate residue from a boiler for a mouth rinse. For one thing, you're gonna get a whole boatload of metals. Metal from the boiler and every other metal that was dissolved in the water will be in that distillate - in high quantities. Beyond that, you might be getting harmful compounds that sometimes require high temperature and high pressure in order to form. My advice? Analyze first; then consider whether you want to put it in your mouth.
Offered by Ed