6 Tips If You Forgot to Pack Your Toothbrush on Vacation

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Forgetting to pack something you need when you go on vacation is frustrating, especially when it’s your toothbrush. Depending on where you’re vacationing, you may be able to buy a dentist-recommended toothbrush or get one from your hotel. But if you’re camping or visiting a rural area, you may not be able to find a convenience store right around the corner. 

Don’t fret. There are ways to clean your teeth without a toothbrush when you’re in a bind. You can prevent food buildup and freshen your breath using other everyday items. Consider these 6 tips if you forgot to pack your toothbrush. 

Napkin/Paper Towel

Wrap a napkin or paper towel around your finger and rub it over your teeth. This will remove food residue and even some tartar and plaque that may have built up on your teeth. Also rub it over your tongue, which is where bacteria like to stay and cause bad breath. If you happen to have toothpaste or even baking soda, use that in combination. 


Can you borrow some mouthwash from a fellow traveling companion? Many people will willingly share mouthwash before sharing their actual toothbrush. Mouthwash will help to remove food residue from your teeth, especially in between them, and will kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath and cavities. Fluoride mouthwash will also strengthen your teeth against decay. 

Chew Gum

Sugarless gum is best, but chewing gum helps to remove food and tartar from your teeth. It can also freshen your breath when you’re not able to brush. Chewing gum between meals when you don’t have your toothbrush can give you some of the same benefits as brushing. 

Eat Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Biting into apples, celery, cucumbers, carrots, and other veggies can help to scrape tartar and plaque off of your teeth. Vegetables tend to be lower in sugar than fruit, making them even better for your teeth. And the added bonus is that you’ll be sure to get all of your daily servings of vegetables. 

Eat Dairy

Dairy products such as milk and cheese are full of calcium, which strengthens your teeth. They also cause you to produce more saliva, which can help keep your mouth cleaner and your breath fresher. 

Drink/Swish with Water

Probably the best thing you can do for your teeth when you don’t have a toothbrush is to drink plenty of water. Water keeps your mouth moist and keeps you well hydrated so that your mouth can produce saliva. Swishing with water can also help to remove food particles and bacteria from your mouth. 

Get Additional Tips for Healthy Teeth from Creekview Dental

Your dental health is our top priority at Creekview Dental. We want to equip you with all the tools (such as a dentist-recommended toothbrush) and information you need to keep your teeth healthy throughout your lifetime. Our dental services include everything from preventative dentistry, such as teeth and gum cleanings to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening and everything in between. 

If you have questions about your dental health, don’t hesitate to call (651) 738-8204 or contact us. New patient? Schedule an appointment today for your initial consultation or call (651) 738-8204.