The minty or cinnamon smell of most toothpaste and mouthwash is pleasant to humans…and to animals! To avoid any unwanted guests make sure your toothpaste and mouthwash is stored in a well-sealed plastic container. We suggest putting the items in a zipped freezer bag first for an added layer of odor protection.
As we mentioned above, the sweet smell of toothpaste might attractive “critters, so try to brush your teeth as far away from your campsite as possible. If you are hiking or biking try brushing your teeth along the way. Clean water is usually limited – so make it count. Use the tiniest amount of water on your toothbrush to help the toothpaste glide onto your teeth and rinse thoroughly once you are finished. If you decide to use mouthwash, just like brushing – do it away from your campsite.
No Toothbrush or Toothpaste?
If you don’t have your tooth brush or toothpaste, rinse your mouth as often as you can. Try making a temporary tooth brush by wrapping a cloth or paper towel around your finger. Believe it or not, you can also chew on the end of a twig until the fibers are exposed.
With these tips you can keep your smile clean while on your camping adventure.