|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
May 28, 2017
When we travel, it is easy to forget about taking proper care of our toiletries, including your toothbrush. If items like a toothbrush are not stored properly they can become infested with microorganism that can grow and have a negative effect on your oral and overall health. For this reason, it is very important to take steps to take better care of oral supplies while traveling. A simple travel toothbrush holder can save your oral health once you get settled.
Importance of Protecting your Brush
Most people know that in order to maintain good oral health, they need to protect their toothbrush. The bristles and head of the brush should never be exposed to unclean areas that are susceptible to dirt or debris, like the bottom of a purse or travel case. It is also important to protect your toothpaste. Caps can easily be lost or fall of which can expose it to regular bathroom germs. It might seem logical to keep toothpaste in the toothbrush holder, but doing this can increase the risk of it picking up germs.
Traveling or continuously being on the go can make it difficult to think about protecting your toothbrush and toothpaste. However, this is when it is even more important to kick your oral care regiment into a higher gear. While you travel, your immune system can take a hit due to fatigue, exposure to other sick travelers and stress. This makes it harder for your system to ward off bacterial illnesses.
Don’t Use Makeshift Storage
If you have a toothbrush at work to brush your teeth after lunch or a late dinner, there are some habits you should avoid in order to protect your supplies. Some people will wrap their brush in a tissue or a piece of aluminum foil, but this can cause damage to the bristles and can make them dirty. The same goes for toothpaste. The cap area can pick up debris when it is left in a case or a bag. Try storing your travel bag and belongings in one place to lower the risk of having them become contaminated.
Don’t Store Forever
Do not keep a toothbrush or toothpaste stored in a travel container or case for long periods of time. These places may become moist at times and moist environments are breeding grounds for germs and microorganisms. Think about storing them in an area that is not in the bathroom, where germs are the most prevalent. Just like a regular toothbrush, travel brushes and toothpastes should be replaced about every three months. But remember to also replace the brush holder as these can get dirty as well.
Do Separate Dental Items from Others
Keep the toothbrush separated from other toothbrushes and products. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends always allowing the brush to completely dry before putting it away. This will help prevent bacteria from growing on the brush. Also keep your brush away from the rest of the family’s brushes to decrease the risk of spreading germs, especially when one member has been sick.
Do Use Holders
If you are traveling, use a travel toothbrush holder and a travel toothpaste holder. But make sure to rinse both of the holders under water when using, just like you would your toothbrush after use. While you may be traveling to multiple places, make sure to set up a daily oral care regiment. Along with this bring tissues with you to cover the surface of the bathroom where you would set your brush down to dry, prior to placing it back into the holder.
If you get in the habit of protecting your toothbrush and toothpaste when traveling, you are effectively supporting great oral health care.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.