We’ve all been there before. You go over to someone’s house, or you go to a hotel or motel for the night, and you realize you left your toothbrush at home. If it’s late at night, you probably don’t feel like going out and buying a new one. If you find yourself in this situation, you shouldn’t neglect your oral health routine. There are some temporary alternatives that will do in a pinch, just make sure to not make a habit of it. Today in the Parkcrest Dental blog, our general dentistry experts will tell you what you can do if this happens to you.
Use a Washcloth
A clean washcloth will be a sufficient one-time alternative for a toothbrush. All you need to do is add a little water to the area you’re using to clean your teeth, add a dab of toothpaste, and brush your teeth as normal. If you don’t have a washcloth, a paper towel will work, but a washcloth is more efficient.
Use Your Finger
This definitely isn’t the optimal way to brush your teeth, but if you have no other options, it’s better than nothing. Wash your hands and make sure they’re clean, then put some toothpaste on your index finger. Gently brush your teeth and gums with the pad of your finder. Make sure to rinse thoroughly after you’re done.
Ask the Front Desk
This only works if you’re staying at a hotel, but you could always ask the front desk. Many hotels will have complimentary toothbrushes and toothpaste you can use. Or they might have a store where you can buy one. If you’re staying at a hotel, this should be your first course of action.
Go Out and Buy One
If it’s not too inconvenient, you can always run to a nearby store and buy a new toothbrush. If the toothbrush you left at home was getting close to three months old you might need a new one anyway. General dentistry experts recommend getting a new brush each month. If your other toothbrush is fairly new, you can always get a really cheap toothbrush. Often they sell them for close to $1, or you can get single-use ones.
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Remember, even if you’re using your toothbrush every day, twice a day, you still have to come and get your biannual cleanings. Parkcrest Dental Group is here for all your general dentistry needs. For more information about our general dentistry services, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.