It happens. You unpack your luggage after arriving at the hotel and realize that you missed one important item: your toothbrush. Quickly now, how do you solve this problem? Going to bed with unbrushed teeth is NOT an option — especially if you have kids with you. Dental care is a habit you want to instill, which means never skipping a day.
So, how do you solve this forgotten toothbrush problem? Here are some quick fixes to explore:
Hotels occasionally provide toothbrushes as a courtesy, but they might only give one or two to the adults. They may miss out on the kids, so you’ll have to ask them for a few extra brushes for the night. This should tide them over until you buy child-specific toothbrushes for their little teeth.
A paper towel will be abrasive enough to remove dirt without causing damage to the enamel. Just wrap it around your finger and put some toothpaste on top before carefully brushing your mouth. You won’t get full coverage compared to an actual toothbrush but it should get you through the night. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the side cheeks for a thorough clean. Rinse well afterward.
A clean cloth is also effective in cleaning your teeth. Use the same technique advised with the paper towel, making sure to brush all around including the tongue. Start with just a small amount of toothpaste and then quickly add to it, depending on the degree of cleanliness you want for your mouth. Assist the kids during this process since they might have a hard time reaching in their mouths.
If all else fails, use your finger to do the cleaning. Just make sure you wash it thoroughly first before using it like a toothbrush. A damp finger is best because it helps create that abrasive texture you’d want to remove anything off the surface.
It’s not enough that you brought your toothbrush with you – you need to use it! Additionally, proper travel care should be given if you want the toothbrush to clean your teeth instead of just spreading bacteria in your mouth.
Here’s what you need to remember:
Making sure the whole family brushes their teeth every day is just one aspect of good oral hygiene. The fact is that without routine checkups with the dentist, you can’t really know for sure if your daily habits are contributing to good oral health. We recommend visiting the dentist at least once a year to quickly catch any forming cavities.
Select a kid’s dentist for your growing family. A pediatric dentist will give you the best chance to set your child’s path toward excellent oral health by fostering good relationships. Board-certified professionals at Bay Area Kids Dentists can give your kids the care they need during their formative years!