How to Brush Your Teeth At A Festival

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How to brush your teeth at festivals - tips for oral hygiene

This article covers tips for how to brush your teeth at a festival. Oral hygiene is so important! Just because you’re at a festival and not showering every day, it doesn’t mean that you can skip your toothbrushing routine.

Many people are actually quite anxious about this, especially if you’re not used to camping.

If you have a multi-step morning or evening self-care routine that includes brushing your teeth (I certainly hope you do brush your teeth!) then you’re probably thinking of ways to keep this up during your next festival.

Brushing your teeth is so important, if you skip toothbrushing just for 1 day, plaque starts to build up cause hardened calculus around your gums. It doesn’t take much for inflammation to happen.

Inflammation in your gums will cause the dreaded toothache and will need more visits to the dentist… no one wants that, right? Except for dentists who want to buy fancier cars ?


Trust me, there’s nothing like the regret of forgetting your toothbrush when you’re miles from the nearest store, grooving in the middle of a field.

So, let’s make sure your festival pack list includes those must-have items for keeping your smile bright and breath fresh. From eco-friendly toothpaste alternatives to portable, travel-sized solutions, I’ve got you covered.

Keeping up with your oral hygiene at a festival is not just about feeling good; it’s about staying healthy and ready to enjoy every moment without a worry.

Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean at a Festival

Drink Plenty of Water after every meal

Make sure you drink lots of water and stay hydrated, especially after eating food. Don’t let bits of food get caught in between your teeth, drinking and rinsing your mouth out with water can help this a lot.

There are lots of other benefits to staying hydrated throughout a festival.

Don’t use alcohol for this – alcohol is acidic and can cause more build-up on your teeth. Water is the best, so carry a reusable water bottle with you and keep it filled up when you pass a taps or water refill station.

Glastonbury Water Kiosk
These kiosks were staffed by Water Aid volunteers – don’t forget your reusable bottle!

Use a Set of Travel Toothpicks for on-the-go

Pick up a set of tooth picks or floss picks that you can use when you’re out and about at the festival, after meals or in between sets.

This will do as an interim measure until you can get back to your tent to brush your teeth properly.

For sustainability purposes, avoid single-use plastic floss picks and instead pick something biodegradable with a bamboo handle!

Rinse using Mouthwash

If you’re going to be away from your tent or toothbrushing facilities for 12+ hours, consider carrying some travel sized mouthwash in your backpack or bumbag for an interim rinse.

This will help freshen your mouth for a while, but you should aim to brush your teeth at least twice per day!

How to Brush Your Teeth At A Festival

You basically brush your teeth in the same way that you do at home, except you do it kneeling awkwardly outside of your tent, trying not to dribble toothpaste everywhere.

Don’t brush your teeth AT the water taps – people are drinking there!

Bill board at Glastonbury festival letting you know to not be a dick

It’s really unpleasant when someone brushes their teeth at the outdoor sinks or water taps. Not only does it hold up the queue of people waiting for a drink of water, but it’s gross when there are pools of toothpaste spit around the taps. No one wants that.

Get a reusable water bottle, keep it filled and use this to brush your teeth at your tent.

How to Brush Your Teeth at your Tent

Use a travel foldable or bamboo toothbrush with a case, use your bottle of water to get it wet slightly, then apply toothbrush and off you go. I’m sure you don’t need a lesson in actually brushing your teeth.

When you’re done, rinse your toothbrush with more water from your bottle. Don’t forget to floss, using a camping mirror if possible so you don’t miss any areas.

Then use mouthwash and use the back of your toothbrush to brush your tongue. Now you’re all done!

See also: 24 Creative Campervan Accessories for Festivals

Alternatives to Toothpaste for Camping at A Festival

Why not embrace the spirit of the great outdoors and keep your camping footprint as light as your backpack?

Let’s zero in on one small change with a big impact: swapping out traditional toothpaste for eco-friendly alternatives.

Oral Hygiene at Festivals FAQs

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