Planning on doing some traveling soon? With the holidays and the new year coming up, we’re gearing up for one of the prime travel seasons of the year. When you travel, it can be difficult to remember how to care for your toiletries. Your toothbrush and toothpaste are especially vulnerable to the buildup of microorganisms which can have an adverse impact on your oral and overall health. Protecting your dental care supplies while traveling will help you keep your mouth healthy while traveling.
Why is it Important?
Most people know that protecting toothbrushes are important for good oral care. Exposing the bristles to unclean areas, like the bottom of an old travel case, is to be avoided. However, it is just as important to protect your toothpaste. Caps can fall off and get lost, and the area around the sink in a bathroom is particularly susceptible to accumulating germs. And when you’re traveling it can be even more challenging to protect your toothbrush and toothpaste because of the disruption to your regular routine. But it is important to stay vigilant when traveling because your immune system is compromised more easily due to travel fatigue.
What to Do
There are a few things you can do to help protect your toothbrush and toothpaste when you travel. First, always make sure that your toothbrush is separated from other toothbrushes so that you limit the potential spread of germs. The ADA also recommends that you allow your brush to dry fully before putting it away. Also, use a travel holder for both your toothbrush and your toothpaste and rinse both of them under water to clean them. But don’t keep your toothbrush and toothpaste stored in these holders for long periods of time. These items are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. Store the holders away from the bathroom to help curtail the growth of bacteria. Finally, make a special note to dispose of and replace your travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and their holders every 3 months since germs can always build up no matter how conscientious you are about keeping them clean.
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