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It’s no secret that the foundation for good oral health is sitting in your bathroom right now, probably above your sink. It’s called your toothbrush, and when you use it properly, it can help you enjoy a great smile for life. As our dentist, Dr. Jee Lee will tell you, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. It’s also a good idea when you can to brush after every meal, provided you wait for thirty minutes after your meal in order to give the saliva in your chance to neutralize the acids left in your mouth from your food. If you brush before then, you just risk spreading the acid around the surfaces of your teeth.

But you may find yourself on a camping trip, a vacation or a concert or stuck in an airport without a toothbrush and/or toothpaste. You can always keep a disposable or travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your stash of travel supplies, but if for some reason, one or both of those come up missing, you aren’t completely out of luck. A little toothpaste or salt or on your finger will get you by for the moment. Some people have had some luck brushing their teeth with with castile soap, and if you are in a place where you can buy travel-size mouthwash, a quick rinse can also work. Sugarless gum will stimulate the production of saliva and help to clean your mouth and teeth and freshen your breath. It may help to grab a bite as well. Apples, carrots and celery are great from cleaning your teeth and contain vitamins that are great for your smile. The calcium in cheese is good for your teeth, and cheese can also give your teeth a little touch up as you eat it. And if you are at a total loss, you can always give your mouth a good rinse with water. Of course, it should go without saying that you should clean your teeth with a toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste as soon as you can. Quick fixes may get you through the moment, but they are no substitute for taking proper care of your teeth. So, as soon as you get back home, or back to your hotel, take two minutes to care for your teeth. If you do decide to keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse, briefcase, backpack or desk, remember to let your toothbrush dry thoroughly after you use it, and to replace it when the bristles being to wear out. And believe it or not, toothpaste does not last forever. It has about a two-year shelf life.

Do you have questions about taking care of your teeth? If so, we would be happy to answer them at Dental Group of Anaheim. If you need some oral hygiene tips in Anaheim, California give us a call today at 714-635-5500 for an examination and consultation.