Traveling is no excuse to let your oral hygiene slide, especially not if you’ll be tasting new cuisine or indulging in sugary treats while you’re away from home.
With tiny travel-sized toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, and even toothbrushes, you can fit everything you need for pristine dental health into even the smallest carry-on bag.
When traveling with a toothbrush, you need a case or a cap to cover the bristles. While your toothbrush is with your toiletries or in your suitcase, it picks up debris and germs that don’t all wash off when you rinse the toothbrush in water. Keep your mouth healthy and germ-free by covering those bristles before you travel!
Big tubes of toothpaste take up too much room in your luggage. Plus, some of them are too large to be allowed in carry-on luggage. Your favorite toothpaste brand most likely makes travel sizes of its most popular toothpaste options. Head to your favorite big box store and pick up one or two so that you don’t forget to bring toothpaste with you.
Traveling with an electric toothbrush or with an everyday toothbrush isn’t for everyone. Some prefer to bring disposable options along, like the Colgate Wisp mini-brush. These small toothbrushes come with toothpaste already in the bristles and are perfect for a single use. Since the heads are smaller than you’re used to, make sure that you’re giving every surface of your teeth attention and that you’re still brushing for your full two minutes.
Flossing is as essential as brushing correctly. Your typical floss box is easy to transport because it’s so small. If you want something even smaller, some companies make coin-sized travel floss that will fit in your wallet. You may instead decide to buy floss picks to pack in your suitcase for the sake of convenience. Whatever you decide, just be sure not to leave the floss at home.
Tiny Mouthwash Bottle
Mouthwash is an important part of your daily dental care routine. While the gigantic bottle of mouthwash probably doesn’t fit in your luggage, a travel-size bottle is perfect for your suitcase. As with travel toothpaste, many of your favorite dental care companies make travel-friendly sizes of their popular mouthwash formulas. Mouthwash is also a great way to quickly freshen your breath.
Night Guard or Retainer
If you grind your teeth and need a night guard, or if you require a retainer after having had orthodontic treatment, don’t leave those at home! Your dental health depends on your wearing the proper guarding equipment, especially at night. Even a few nights of grinding can cause headaches and tooth pain. Missing a few nights with your retainer makes it painful to wear again when you return home. These may not technically be “travel” products, but they’re essential to pack with your toiletries.
No matter where you’re going, taking care of your oral health is important. Always pack the right travel products so that you can maintain your good hygiene routine while you’re on the road.
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