When you’re travelling, you usually store your damp toothbrush in your toothbrush holder, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. To keep both items free of germs, you should give them a regular, quick clean.
Rinse: Rinse toothbrush and holder thoroughly under hot water, so that all scum and toothpaste residue is removed.
Clean: Fill a small cup with antibacterial mouthwash and place both your toothbrush holder in the mouthwash for 30 seconds, then pull it out and rinse it in cold water. Do the same for your toothbrush, but make sure to swish it around a little bit as well.
Dry: Dry the toothbrush and toothbrush holder as much as possible. If you are not traveling until the following day, lay them both out to completely dry. If you do not have time to completely dry your toothbrush and holder, make sure you purchased a holder with venting holes to air out the inside of the container where the toothbrush will be stored.
Next time you open your toothbrush to brush, rinse it in hot water first. Do these steps each time you brush your teeth while traveling.
If you’re put in a situation where you’re unable to brush your teeth but you need to, pick up a pack of sugar-free gum. It’s best to buy gum with xylitol, which is a nonfermentable sugar alcohol that has more dental health benefits than other alternatives. This will at least restore freshness in your breath so you don’t scare others off and can feel a little cleaner and refreshed.
Use these tips to avoid any teeth issues you could encounter while traveling, you’ll be thankful you did!