brushing my teeth
by Gary Witten
(Demotte, In. U.S.A.)
I really need to brush my teeth every morning. that is very important to me. i have had perfect teeth for a long time & i want to keep that way. i'm going to start driving for a company that will keep me on the road for long periods of time. also,i hate the stale taste in my mouth if i don't brush in the morning also. please help. THANKS!!!
Response from Vicki:
Thank you for asking your question on our site. You are to be congratulated for wanting to keep your dental situation in good shape.
We never had a problem with brushing our teeth regularly as long as we had a portable toilet in our truck. We kept several gallon jugs of water with us in the truck (mostly delivered by water vending machines).
During our days on the road, we used commercial toothpaste. These days, we make our own with
* coconut oil,
* baking soda,
* a dab of stevia powder for sweetness, and
* a bit of pure peppermint essential oil for flavor.
The reason for making our own toothpaste is to avoid the problems associated with the warning on at least one commercial toothpaste that mentions the Poison Control Center:
When brushing in-truck, we poured a bit of water into a cup (usually a measuring cup with a handle that we kept with us for cooking), wet our toothbrushes, put some toothpaste on our brushes and then brushed thoroughly. We would brush "over" the open toilet to catch what we expelled during the brushing and rinsing cycles.
We aimed to brush our teeth after every meal. It is a bit trickier for one to brush his/her teeth regularly when he/she has a local truck driving job and does not take a brush or paste along every day. Of course, a determined local trucker can pack a compact toothbrush and small amount of paste in one's lunch.
For OTR truckers who do not have a portable toilet in their trucks, simply take your brush and paste into the restroom you use, for use there.
As you may know, brushing one's teeth regularly can help one avoid costlier dental problems later on, like the need to deal with cavities. Some sources recommend brushing at least twice a day.
It is not absolutely crucial to have toothpaste to brush one's teeth, but it can help. Flossing also helps loosen food stuck between teeth. On our Grooming Tools and Personal Hygiene Items for Pro Truckers page, we list the things that we took with us on the road for this purpose.
|Finally, dental health may also be improved through the procedure known as "oil pulling" first thing in the morning. You may research this online if you like.|
I hope that this is helpful.
We wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.