There’s always an emphasis on physical health and mental health, and while both of those are vital to your overall wellbeing, make sure you don’t forget oral health! Keep reading in order to find out a dental hygienist’s expert recommendations for items you need to have on hand in order to protect your oral health.

Dental Floss

Make dental floss a priority! Carrying a small spool doesn’t take up much space in your purse or desk, and you can use it to pick debris out of the spaces in your teeth. Keeping your teeth flossed protects you from decay and a plethora of other health issues. If you aren’t a fan of regular dental floss, floss picks are another handy option.


Always carry a mirror, especially when you go out to eat. This will help you check in on your teeth, especially if you suspect that there is a piece of food stuck in your teeth. Mirrors help assist you with flossing as well. (Even more convenient, most phones can be used as a mirror with a camera app!)

Healthy Snacks and Beverages

Try to avoid sugar in order to preserve those pearly whites. Sodas and other acidic beverages can wear down your tooth enamel, and will make your teeth prone to forming cavities. Some of the best kinds of snacks are whole foods such as fruit, seeds, and beef jerky.

Sugar-Free Gum or Mints

Using sugar-free gum can help freshen up your breath! Xylitol, an ingredient found in most sugar-free gum, helps protect your teeth enamel.

Travel Toothpaste and Toothbrush

The best way to improve your oral health is to brush! By carrying a tube of travel toothpaste and a small toothbrush, you will be able to brush your teeth throughout the day, even if you aren’t at home at your bathroom sink.

While all of these items are wonderful to have, they can’t always improve your oral health. We recommend scheduling an appointment through this link in order to check on your teeth. Happy brushing!