Away For The Holidays – I Forgot My Toothbrush
Forgot your toothbrush? Tips for keeping your teeth clean without it
You unpack your bags in your hotel and discover that you’ve forgotten your toothbrush. You can always buy one, but what if you need to clean your teeth in a pinch? There are an amazing number of ways that you can clean your teeth and freshen your breath without a toothbrush and even without toothpaste. Though you should brush with toothpaste twice daily as a routine, these tips from Alabama Family Dentistry can help you keep your teeth clean and fresh when you’re away from home or anytime you need a quick oral hygiene fix.
Drinking a glass of water can wash away food particle or rinsing with just water can wash away food particles. It’s actually a good idea to drink a glass of water after meals because it helps to wash away food particles, and using water between meals helps too.
If you want to get rid of food particles and freshen your breath at the same time, you can use mouthwash or chew sugarless mint-flavored gum. Chewing gum stimulates saliva, and that also gets rid of particles and debris. Gum that contains xylitol helps fight cavity producing bacteria and is good to chew after meals.
Flossing after brushing is essential to good oral hygiene, and you can floss anytime you can’t brush. Floss picks are small enough to carry with you all the time so you’ll never be without floss. You can use a toothpick if you have nothing else, but be very careful because toothpicks can damage your gums.
If you brought your brush on vacation but forgot your toothpaste, you can put some toothpaste on your finger and rub it over your teeth. Rinse well afterwards. You can also use a damp cloth like a washcloth, with or without toothpaste.
There are also products you can buy that you can carry with you in your purse or pocket, like disposable, waterless toothbrushes or teeth wipes.
The important thing to remember when you can’t brush with toothpaste is that a dry mouth doesn’t have a way to wash away food particles, so you should rinse with mouthwash, drink water or chew sugarless gum. Also remember that flossing to get between your teeth is important, and flossing on the go is often easier than brushing because of the easy portability of floss picks or even a small container of dental floss.
If you want to learn more about brushing, flossing and oral hygiene in general, call Alabama Family Dentistry. We would love to meet you at any of our four Birmingham area locations and help you to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as they can be.