Your Home for Amazing Dental Care

Help! 5 Tips to Know When You Can’t Brush | Matthew Lindsten DDS

Rockford, IL Dentist


In situations where brushing your teeth isn’t feasible, whether due to time constraints or location, it’s essential to have alternative strategies to maintain oral hygiene. While brushing twice daily remains crucial, here are some steps recommended by Dr. Matthew Lindsten DDS to help you navigate such situations:

Stay Hydrated with Water
Water becomes your ally when brushing isn’t an immediate option. Drinking water helps wash away sugars and acids lingering in your mouth and on your teeth. Additionally, fluorinated public water supplies contain fluoride, aiding in the fortification of tooth enamel. Regular water intake stimulates saliva production, further strengthening enamel.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Opt for sugar-free gum, particularly those with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. ADA-approved gums are free from decay-causing sweeteners and promote saliva production, contributing to enamel protection.

Floss Regularly
Always keep dental floss handy, as it can fit almost anywhere. While not a replacement for brushing, flossing helps remove plaque and buildup between teeth. The ADA recommends flossing once a day to enhance gum health and prevent decay.

Consider Disposable Toothbrushes
For extended periods away from home, such as long workdays or overnight stays, disposable toothbrushes are convenient options. These brushes often come pre-applied with toothpaste and are compact for easy storage and transport, ensuring thorough teeth cleaning on the go.

Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks
Avoid consuming sugary or acidic foods and beverages when brushing isn’t possible. These substances weaken tooth enamel and contribute to decay. Steer clear of sugary soft drinks, juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks to minimize the buildup of harmful sugars and acids on your teeth.

Maintain a Consistent Routine
While unforeseen circumstances may disrupt your oral care routine, it’s crucial to prioritize brushing your teeth twice daily. In situations where brushing isn’t feasible, following these alternative steps can help mitigate potential damage to your teeth.

For additional tips on maintaining a healthy smile, reach out to Lindsten Dentistry. Dr. Matthew Lindsten DDS and our team are dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care and guidance for optimal oral health.

Lindsten Dentistry of Rockford
Phone: 815-398-3900
1437 South Bell School Road
Rockford, IL 61108

Visit Our Rockford Dental Office

Rockford, IL Dentist

Office Hours

Monday: 8 to 5
Tuesday: 8 to 5
Wednesday: 8 to Noon
Thursday: 8 to 5
Friday: closed
Saturday: 8 to Noon

Contact Us

1437 S Bell School Rd
Rockford, IL 61108

(815) 398-3900

Schedule an Appointment