Traveling can be exciting and enlightening, but it can also be hard on your body (even your teeth).
When journeying to a new destination, you can typically expect to be thrown out of your routine. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, you’re limited in terms of what self-care items you can bring along with you...as well as what amenities you have access to throughout your trip.
Sure, there are all kinds of travel-sized products out there that you can bring along with you. But are they the best option when it comes to caring for your teeth and the planet? To help answer this question, we’re sharing some of our top tips for taking care of your teeth and the planet next time you travel. From sharing advice to spotlighting our sustainable travel size toothpaste and essentials bundle, we want to help you feel prepared for your next trip, in a way that sustains nature+you.
1: check in on your last check up
First things first: when was the last time you went to the dentist?
Before you travel, it’s always a good idea to check in with your dentist to make sure you don’t have any serious issues lurking in the background. The last thing you need to worry about as you leave home (aka, the place where your regular dentist exists!) is emergency dental treatment.
Once you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, you can travel with peace of mind knowing your pearly whites are in the clear.
2: grab your Davids travel essentials
Now that you’ve checked in with your dentist and begun packing for your trip, one of the best things you can do to sustain nature+you is to stock up on our travel size toothpaste. For our friends with sensitive teeth, we recommend our travel size nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste.
Why is this one of the best ways to care for your teeth + the planet as you travel?
- it remineralizes your teeth: with every brushing, our hydroxyapatite toothpaste delivers a nourishing dose of n-Ha particles, which penetrate your enamel to fortify it from the inside out. These nanoparticles plug tiny holes and imperfections in your enamel to protect your tooth’s center nerve from outside attacks (cold food/drinks, bacteria, and more).
- it prevents dry mouth: let’s face it, for many reasons, it can be way harder to avoid dehydration and dry mouth when you’re traveling. When your mouth is dry, it gives bacteria the upper hand, allowing them to do more damage. To combat this, our travel size toothpaste is formulated with intentional ingredients like xylitol, premium peppermint oils, and vegetable glycerin to stimulate saliva production and moisten your mouth.
- it’s a zero waste toothpaste: unlike most (if not all) conventional travel size toothpaste out there, our toothpaste comes in a recyclable toothpaste tube. That’s right! Instead of plastic, we package our paste in aluminum, an infinitely recyclable material.
Trust us, you won’t find many other travel size self-care products that also work to minimize plastic waste!
3: keep everything clean
In addition to our travel size toothpaste, the Davids Essentials Bundle can add even more benefits to your travel routine. Along with our hydroxyapatite toothpaste, the bundle includes our tongue scraper and bamboo toothbrush.
When traveling, it can be hard to keep your oral care products on you while also keeping them clean. Keeping these products clean is crucial since you don’t want to introduce new sources of bacteria to your mouth while you travel!
You can start by disinfecting the toiletry bag that will be holding the products and washing your tongue scraper with soap after every use. But when it comes to keeping your toothbrush clean as you travel, things can get a little tricky. We recommend keeping it in a clean reusable bag or opting for a brand new bamboo toothbrush. While it’s not ideal to think of a bamboo toothbrush as a “single-use” item, you can find peace knowing it’s biodegradable and compostable. Unlike its plastic counterparts, a bamboo toothbrush can decompose in an industrial compost bin in a matter of weeks.
4: stay hydrated
To circle back to the topic of dry mouth, staying hydrated is key when it comes to caring for your teeth while traveling. It’s one of the best ways to ensure your mouth has what it needs to produce an adequate supply of saliva while flushing out lingering debris, bacteria, and residue.
To make sure you’re sustaining nature+you, we recommend bringing along a reusable water bottle to refill at rest stops and airports along the way. This way, you can keep up with your water intake without contributing to the billions of plastic water bottles used across the globe each year.
5: bring your own satiating snacks
Believe it or not, your snacking habits can play a massive role in your oral health (and your volume of waste) while you travel. Carb-heavy snacks, ranging from potato chips to sugary candy, are the main foods that feed bacteria. When these bacteria feed off sugar deposits, they generate acids that can cause bad breath, sensitivity, gum disease, tooth decay, and beyond.
Not to mention, it’s estimated that large airports can generate up to 32,000 tons of waste per year. The snacks and drinks that come in single-use plastic packaging contribute heavily to this number, which is another reason we recommend bringing your own mouth-healthy, sustainable, and satiating snacks along with you the next time you travel.
Some of our favorite mouth-healthy snacks include vitamin-D-rich products such as cheese, fibrous fruits and vegetables, healthy nuts and seeds, and lean proteins such as seafood, tofu, and beans. You might be surprised to find that most airports allow you to bring prepped food through security, so be sure to check your local airport’s rules before you head out.
travel with care
With summer in full swing, we hope you have some fun, relaxing adventures planned! To prepare for your travel days, be sure to check out all of our travel size toothpaste flavors. With our charcoal, peppermint, and hydroxyapatite toothpastes as travel options, stock up to ensure your next travel day sustains nature+you.