Yes, I am that weird lady that you've seen in the powder room brushing her teeth at a fancy restaurant after a particularly rich meal. I am just a tad obsessed with taking care of my teeth and always keep a travel toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste in my makeup bag. Who doesn't love a nice smile? When I am traveling, a friendly smile from someone else can make all the difference. And, I have found that offering someone a smile is an ultra effective way of communicating. Really, do you think that the ticketing agent is going to upgrade the snarling passenger or the pleasant one with a smile? Here are a few things you can do to keep your smile picture perfect at home or on the road.
Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips
Suggested retail price: $54.99 (each kit contains 4 treatments)
Jetting out of town and your pearly whites are looking a little lackluster? You can literally apply Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips before you board the plane and land with a brighter smile. The thin and flexible strips are coated with a peroxide infused gel that safely whiten teeth in just 2 hours and the dazzling results will last up to three months. Each kit contains 4 treatments. I gave these a try yesterday and was very pleased with the results - my teeth felt nice and clean and were definitely whiter. I plan on using these every 3 months. Use these before your next vacation and your smile will be the star of every photo!
I also keep a tube of Supersmile Quikee in my makeup bag - it is great for those moments when you need more than a breath mint but can't get to your toothbrush. This mint flavored paste is designed to instantly remove stains and freshen breath - no rinsing required. You just apply a pearl sized drop to your teeth and smooth it across with your tongue until completely dissolved. Easy breezy brilliant smile!
Marvis Travel Size Toothpaste, Classic Strong Mint
This is the queen of peppermint toothpaste - from garlic to gin, it knocks out bad breath in an instant. Imported from Italy, this pretty little tube of toothpaste is the one I carry for those on-the-go brushing sessions.
PS. Wondering what to do if you chip your tooth while traveling? According to Women's Health Magazine, "for a small chip, use an emery board to file down sharp edges, just as you do to fingernail. Since cracked tooth enamel can leave nerves exposed, if you feel pain you can temporarily seal the area with Krazy Glue. For bigger chips, put broken tooth pieces in a container filled with cold milk; the sugar compounds can keep tooth cells alive for 72 hours."