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How to Maintain a Healthy Smile While Flying

Last Updated: July 22, 2022

Can You Bring an Electric Toothbrush on a Plane?

If you’re a seasoned air traveler, you probably know how to pack a carry-on suitcase efficiently. But if you’re new to electric toothbrushes, you may wonder, “Can I pack an electric toothbrush in a carry-on?” The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says yes. Electric toothbrushes can be packed in carry-on or checked luggage. Pack electric toothbrushes with lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries in carry-on luggage.

Here are a few more FAQs and tips for keeping your teeth clean and fresh while flying. (Some of these might surprise you!

Q: How do you pack an electric toothbrush for flying?

A: Simple! Just place the electric toothbrush in a travel case, like the one that comes with every hum by Colgate Smart Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. If your toothbrush doesn’t have a travel case, pick one up at the store or, in a pinch, secure a plastic bag around the brush head to avoid contaminating the bristles. Just remember to let it air out once you arrive at your destination. Don’t forget your electric toothbrush charger or extra batteries while taking an extended trip.

Q: Can you brush your teeth on a plane?

A: Yes, especially if you’re on a long flight. A good time to brush is before sleeping or after eating. Bacteria and plaque buildup don’t take a vacation when you do, so maintain as close to your regular brushing routine as possible.

Q: Can you bring toothpaste on a plane?

A: Yep! Remember to pick up a travel-size (3.4 ounces or less) tube of toothpaste before packing. A full travel-size toothpaste tube should last about 9-10 brushings.

Q: Can I take mouthwash on a plane?

A: Rinsing with mouthwash can freshen your breath and help your mouth feel cleaner on a long flight. Follow those TSA guidelines for liquids: 3.4 ounces or less in a carry-on, full-size products in checked baggage.

Q: Is it better to brush, floss, or mouthwash while flying?

A: Why not do all three? Keep your toothbrush, floss, travel-size toothpaste and mouthwash in a travel pouch somewhere that’s easily accessible. If you’re on a long flight, brush after eating. You can freshen with mouthwash after waking up on an overnight flight. Or, if you have time during a layover, you can do your entire oral care routine as you normally would. Brushing teeth in an airport bathroom is not weird!

Easy Teeth Brushing While Traveling

There’s enough to worry about when you’re traveling without adding perfect dental hygiene to your list. It’s common to get off your routine or rush through it and not clean your teeth as thoroughly as you would at home. The hum Smart Rhythm Sonic Toothbrush can help. With its connected mobile app and smart sensor brush head, hum can show you where and how long you’re brushing. Let it track your progress for you, so all you need to do is follow along and relax!