When it’s time to pack for vacation, you might start feeling like Goldilocks. You don’t want to pack too much or too little. Instead, you’re looking for just the right amount of necessary items to ensure you’re comfortable and have everything you need while you’re away from home. A great place to start is looking at your daily hygiene products. Not only are these items heavy, but if you’re traveling by plane without checking luggage, you’ll have to limit yourself to one quart-size bag of liquids. That’s where knowing how many days of tooth brushing you’ll get out of a travel size toothpaste can help. You don’t want to be begging toothpaste off your travel companions, but you also don’t want to pack too much and take up valuable space in your TSA-approved quart-size liquids bag. With a little planning, maintaining your daily preventive dental care routine while you travel can be as easy as 1 + 1 = 2.
How Much are You Using Each Day?
Most dentists recommend a “pea sized dab,” but how much toothpaste is that? Many people put a whole line of toothpaste along the bristles of their toothbrush. This is actually nearly two times as much toothpaste as you need. If you use the dentist recommended pea size, this is about .01 ounces, but patients who use the typical brush-length dose use up about .02 ounces at a time. Those who brush two times each day as recommended by the American Dental association, use about .02 ounces for a pea size dose and .04 ounces for the toothbrush-length dose of toothpaste.
How Much is in the Tube?
A typical travel toothpaste is .85 ounces. If you use .02 ounces a day for a pea sized dose, you’ll be able to brush your teeth for 42 mornings and nights and one extra morning. If you use the brush-length dose, your travel tube will last for about 21 days. This is a great way to estimate the number of days your travel toothpaste will last, but you should also adjust these numbers based on the size of your toothpaste tube and how often you brush. A larger tube will offer more days of brushing and vice versa. Patients who brush between meals will use up more toothpaste each day.
Meet the Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry Team
If you’re new to the Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry family, we look forward to seeing you soon. Dallas Steele, DDS and his Glendale dental associates are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles for a lifetime. If you want to find out more about keeping your smile beautiful while you travel, contact our team to schedule a preventive dental exam. We’ll evaluate your smile and partner with you to create a customized oral health care plan to keep you smiling.