We all know that maintaining good oral health habits can be difficult when we’re on the go, whether we’re visiting family at the holidays, taking a road trip, or traveling for work. And we also know a few little things can do a lot to help us keep those good habits while we’re on the road.
House guests arrive throughout the year—whether it’s a sorority sister passing through, family members coming over for the holidays, guests joining us for a dinner party, or folks traveling from overseas—and we always try to make them as comfortable as possible while they’re with us and anticipate their every need.
One thing that we can do to help make their stay more enjoyable and stress-free is to create an oral care kit for the guest bath that helps anyone who is staying over keep up their good oral health habits while they’re under our roof.
Here are a few items that can help, and they all come with your Overland Park dentist’s seal of approval!
Spare toothbrushes – You can never have too many toothbrushes. Provide toothbrushes with soft to medium bristles for both kids and adults. Don’t just think in terms of overnight guests, either. Even the occasional dinner guest may want to brush after eating or grab some floss to get the parsley out of their teeth before dessert.
Floss and flossers – Flossing is important, but it’s something that’s easy to skip. Make flossing easy by having small floss packs and mini pocket flossers available.
Mini toothpaste tubes – These travel-size toothpaste tubes are handy to have around anyway. Stock a variety: gel, tartar control, kid flavors, maybe even some toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Little mouthwash bottles – Sometimes, your guests may want to freshen their breath when they freshen up or just rinse their mouths after a meal rather than taking the time to brush. A few travel-sized bottles of mouthwash are just the ticket.
Packs of sugar-free gum – Gum is perfect for those who don’t want take time out of socializing to brush or floss right after a meal but still want to take care of their teeth. Just make sure you select sugar-free gum that’s approved by the ADA.
Water cups – With the growing plastic waste problem we all face, individual-serving water bottles aren’t as popular anymore. But little water cups in the guest bath are great for those who need a quick rinse or just want to wet their whistle in the middle of the night.
Lip balm – Chapped lips can be a big problem during the cold weather months. A few sticks of lip balm in the guest bath can help make sure everyone is comfortable.
Denture cleanser – These effervescent tablets go by any of a number of commercial brand names such as Polident, Efferdent, Steradent, Renew, etc. Whatever name they go by, they’re all used to clean dentures when they are out of the mouth.
If you’re unsure of what to buy, just look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA certifies all kinds of dental care products, from chewing gum to toothbrushes and beyond.
And if a guest needs an emergency appointment, your friendly Overland Park family dentist is always happy to help, so just call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 anytime!