You might always make an effort to take your toothbrush and toothpaste with you when you stay somewhere overnight, but occasionally, you might find yourself spending the night with a family member or friend or taking an impromptu overnight trip without bringing them along. This can leave you in a bit of an uncomfortable situation in the morning, however, when you wake up with morning breath and seemingly no way to get rid of it. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can try to combat morning breath until you have access to your toothbrush.
1. Brush With Your Finger
If you have access to a tube of toothpaste but don't have your toothbrush -- such as if you can borrow a friend's tube -- consider using your finger to brush. It won't work as well at cleaning your teeth by any stretch of the imagination, but it can do a somewhat decent job and can help get rid of the unpleasant taste and smell that you might experience in the morning. Just make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before and after using your finger as a toothbrush to help prevent the spreading of bacteria. When "brushing," follow a similar method that you would use when using a toothbrush by cleaning the front and back of your teeth and your tongue.
2. Rinse it Out
It's common to wake up with dry mouth in the morning, and the lack of saliva production can contribute to your not-so-fresh morning breath. If you take the time to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water, you can freshen up your mouth, help get rid of bad breath and stimulate saliva production. It's a good option for when you're away from home, since you can use a sink, water bottle or other source of water to do so.
3. Chew Gum
Do you have a pack of chewing gum in your pocket, purse or car? If so, consider chewing on a piece when you wake up in the morning. You might just think that it will help disguise your bad breath with its scent, which is partly true, but it can help in other ways, too. Chewing gum can help get rid of food particles and bacteria, and it can also help stimulate saliva production, which can help with the bad breath. Just make sure that you choose sugar-free gum to avoid damaging your teeth with harmful sugars.
For further assistance, contact a local dentist, such as one from Discovery Dental.