When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, you may think that you just need a couple items in your bathroom. It’s true that the dental hygiene items you’re envisioning (a brush and toothpaste) are absolutely necessary. However, you may have forgotten about the all-important floss. Then again, you may be overlooking the fact that you sometimes need to clean your smile when you’re away from home! Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Consider some essentials that will ensure your oral health remains in good shape at any hour of the day.
A Soft-Bristle Toothbrush
Remember, your brush must have soft bristles for dental hygiene that is effective and that does not pose a threat to your comfort or oral health.
You need toothpaste! Not just any toothpaste, of course. Make sure the product you’re purchasing has fluoride but is free of harsh, abrasive ingredients.
Dental hygiene is only effective if you incorporate one dental flossing session every day into your twice-daily brushing sessions. Floss between all teeth (and just behind back teeth) to enjoy exceptional oral health protection.
Just make sure you have access to drinking water, whether that means you are close to a water cooler or you keep bottled water with you. When you are away from your toothbrush, paste, and floss, water will offer powerful cleaning for your smile. Sip water (or rinse after eating) to keep bacteria at bay and food debris off of your teeth.
Again, when you aren’t near your usual dental hygiene arsenal, you need a backup. Carry sugarless gum with you. It dislodges bits of food from your teeth and it causes you to salivate. The flow of saliva helps wash bacteria from teeth and other oral tissues to promote a healthy mouth.