Ah, travel days. There’s (usually) nothing easy or breezy about them. It can be hard to stay on schedule on these busy days, let alone make time for oral care. It’s no surprise bad breath and dry mouth often make an appearance on long travel days.
To help with this, we’ve bottled up our amazing natural formulas into three travel size toothpaste options: peppermint, charcoal+peppermint, and our signature sensitive+whitening hydroxyapatite toothpaste.
To add to that, we’re also sharing a few of our favorite tips for keeping on top of your oral care while you’re on the go. From brushing with our travel size natural toothpaste to snacking on antioxidant-rich foods, we’ve got you covered with tips to make your next travel day a whole lot fresher.
keep Davids travel size toothpaste on you
Our travel size toothpaste is the perfect on-the-go sidekick to keep your mouth feeling fresh and healthy. Our formulas were intentionally crafted to tame bad breath, soothe dry mouth, and nourish your oral health from every angle. Here are just some of the ingredients that make Davids the best dry mouth toothpaste.
- xylitol: xylitol is a powerful natural sweetener that does a lot behind the scenes. In addition to adding a sweet taste to your toothpaste, it stimulates your salivary glands to moisten your mouth. At the same time, it flushes and “starves” bad bacteria, keeping them from festering in your mouth, forming plaque, and causing bad breath.
- vegetable glycerin: gylcerin’s role in cosmetic products is to preserve moisture. It’s what gives your toothpaste its classic “gooey” consistency. On top of keeping all of the other ingredients fresh and suspended, glycerin stimulates your salivary glands to reduce dry mouth and flush out bad bacteria. Unlike many conventional toothpastes that source their glycerin from animal fat, ours comes from vegetable oil to ensure we uphold our cruelty-free commitment....another reason Davids is the best dry mouth toothpaste.
- peppermint oils: it’s no secret that the taste of peppermint oil alone has the power to immediately freshen your breath. But did you know that research shows it actually reduces the number of bad bacteria in your mouth too? This means it actually freshens your breath at the source, rather than just masking the odor. Like the other ingredients listed here, peppermint oil also stimulates saliva production to enhance our dry mouth toothpaste.
- baking soda: this gentle “exfoliant” is known for its ability to polish your teeth, neutralize acids in your mouth, and reduce bad breath.
- hydroxyapatite: one of our travel size toothpaste formulas contains hydroxyapatite. This innovative ingredient is the natural alternative to fluoride, working to remineralize and strengthen your enamel from the inside out. Because dry mouth can accelerate the growth of bad bacteria, adding hydroxyapatite can give your enamel an extra line of defense against these pathogens.
These are just some of the many intentional ingredients that make our travel size natural toothpaste the best sidekick! Now, let’s dive into some other tips for taming bad breath and dry mouth when you’re on the go.
try mints and herbal mouth sprays
Now, we know our travel size toothpaste can only take you so far since you don’t always have access to a sink when you’re on the go. To add to your toolbox, we recommend natural mints and herbal mouth sprays to keep your mouth feeling fresh and moisturized. Here are some of our favorites.
- remedy rx breath freshener spray: this holistic superfood spray is made with all-natural breath freshening ingredients such as peppermint essential oil, cinnamon, and xylitol.
- oh my gum: There are so many conventional chewing gums on the market, but they often contain harmful ingredients such as synthetic dyes and titanium dioxide. But Oh My Gum is 100% natural and plant-based, using ingredients such as xylitol and natural mint flavoring. It’s also completely plastic-free! (Yes, conventional gums are often formulated with plastic...)
As you can see, there are so many amazing ways to freshen your breath and soothe your dry mouth with natural, plastic-free ingredients! These two are the perfect companions for your Davids travel size toothpaste.
choose hydrating snacks that mask bad breath
When you’re on the go, you don’t always have access to your favorite foods. But here are some super common snacks and drinks that have the power to fight bad breath and dry mouth.
- green tea: this revered tea contains a powerful antioxidant and antibacterial called catechin. It can help tame the bad bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath. It can also hydrate your mouth and help relieve symptoms of dry mouth. If you’re choosing an iced green tea, be sure it’s not full of sugar, as the sugar will defeat the purpose by feeding the bad bacteria in your mouth.
- yogurt: over time, the probiotics in yogurt can help nurture your gut health. When there’s an underlying imbalance in your gut, it can lead to bad breath and imbalance in your mouth.
- cucumber, carrots, and celery: these veggies are high in fiber and almost act as “exfoliants” for your teeth. They’re full of antioxidants and also help your mouth produce more saliva.
- apples, pears, berries, and melons: just like the veggies above, these fibrous fruits can also exfoliate your teeth. Many of these fruits are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help your oral microbiome fight disease and infection. They also have high water content and can stimulate your salivary glands to prevent dry mouth and flush the bacteria that cause bad breath.
When you don’t have the option to use your dry mouth toothpaste, at least you know these snacks are good for your oral health!
bring a reusable water bottle
Hydration is key when it comes to soothing dry mouth and taming bad breath on the go. On that note, hydration is a key pillar of your holistic, full-body health, so although this tip is super common, be sure not to gloss over it! When you’re going through security at the airport, you can bring an empty reusable water bottle, so you can fill up freely once you get through.
Research shows that even just swishing your mouth with water can relieve bad breath. This is because the “flushing” alone can rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and debris that leads to bad breath, while soothing dry mouth at the same time.
This 2021 study also shows that your overall water intake can directly affect your risk for periodontal disease (gum disease) and tooth decay. Even just one less cup of water per day can have a statistically significant effect on the prevalence of oral complications, so it’s very important to stay on top of your water intake even (or should we say especially?) when you’re traveling.
Pro tip: if you always have your reusable water bottle on you (and filled up), you’ll find more opportunities to brush with your travel size natural toothpaste because you have access to water even if there’s no sink nearby.