How to take care of teeth while traveling
When long trips resume in the waning days of the pandemic, it is time for a return to the normalcy of planning for travel. In my day I would make a list of items to pack, and I even have a prepacked travel Dopp kit zippered bag with all the necessary tooth care items including 4 ounce versions of mouthwash and toothpaste, soap, and hair care products.
Unfortunately, sometimes these small bottles run dry, or are left behind and lost, and are hard to replace when in a distant destination. So, it is a good idea to have a spare item, or sometimes have an alternative to replace the item you are missing.
When brushing, and running water is not available, usually bottled water can be located to have a practical rinse after you brush. Rinsing is important to remove the bacteria that has been brushed away from your teeth, but still lingering in your mouth.
If you forgot your toothbrush, and there is no replacement to be found, consider using a frayed toothpick to scrub. If you are in the inaccessible forest or the outback, you can use the idea of a small green twig from a tree which can be broken off and the end chewed slightly to fabricate a makeshift toothbrush. You can even make a decent minty flavored faux brush from the twigs of the birch tree which has a naturally minty smell. Even a moist washcloth on a fingertip can be pressed into service when a proper brush or replacement cannot be found.
Of course, a wet toothbrush does not make a good travel companion, since it can grow bacteria when left in a warm moist environment. So as a rule, try to bring along a toothbrush case which has ventilation openings to allow the brush to dry thoroughly between brushings. A plastic bag is fine if it has some air access openings in it. And shake the brush dry to reduce excess moisture before storing it.
Emergency dental problems can be hard to take care of without a dentist. But if you find yourself without a professional to help, keep these tips in mind. Avoid extremes in hot and cold food and beverages. Chew soft foods and clean the problem areas thoroughly. Some gum problems and swelling can be helped with a gentle rinse of hydrogen peroxide. A dab of tea tree oil can act as an antiseptic and antiviral. Clove oil is a natural anesthetic and is actually found in some dental temporary filling materials. Try dabbing a tiny mount in the area with a q-tip for pain relief.
Hope these tips help and Bon Voyage!
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