USING A TRAVEL TOOTHBRUSH TO BRUSH ON THE GO
- Brushing Your Teeth While Traveling
- Other Tips for Oral Care on the Go
Brush Teeth While Traveling
Before you begin brushing, be sure to ask your dental professional for recommendations on technique. It also might be helpful to refer to the brushing instructions supplied with your electric toothbrush.
Many people keep some sort of travel toothbrush, along with a travel-sized tube of toothpaste and a small container of dental floss, in their purse, brief case, coat pocket, or office desk drawer. It’s also smart to make sure you have one in your carry-on bag as well, in case you get stranded. And keeping your travel toothbrush kit stocked with these items will make sure they’re ready to go when you are. If you are looking for an electric toothbrush to travel with, check out our Oral-B Genius electric toothbrushes. They have travel cases that can charge your smartphone and also come with a mirror cling to hold your smartphone in place when brushing your teeth with the Oral-B app.
Remember, even if you don’t have toothpaste, wetting the brush and brushing with water is better than nothing.
Other Tips for Oral Care on the Go
- Chew gum. If food and water are scarce on a trip, bring a pack of sugarless gum with you. Airplane travel can contribute to a dry mouth, which can promote tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum will help restore the saliva in your mouth, which can help rinse away excess bacteria.
- Snack right . If you’re stranded at the airport or a budget hotel with nothing but selections from a vending machine to sustain you, your teeth will thank you if you choose peanuts over pretzels or candy. Some evidence suggests that nuts might help protect tooth enamel from plaque by neutralizing acids in the mouth and providing a dose of healthy minerals such as phosphorus. Pretzels may sound like a healthy snack choice, but they are more likely than nuts to get caught between the teeth, and they contain more of the fermentable carbohydrates that can foster the growth of bacteria in your mouth, especially if you are on the go and you won’t be able to brush your teeth for a while.
- Floss When You Can . One of the easiest ways to maintain oral care on the go is to carry a small container of floss with you. If you’re hiking or camping and want to travel light, floss takes up less space than your electric flosser. Soft flosses can be used by anyone. They slide easily between the teeth to make flossing faster and easier.
- Schedule a Checkup . Schedule a checkup with your dental professional before you go. The last thing you want is a dental health problem to occur when you are far from reliable dental care. Problems can still occur, but you can reduce the risk by being as prepared as you can before you travel.