|Vee doing his "rabid dog" impression... with his own brush, thank you.|
The good news is that even if you forget your toothbrush while packing, any and all sorts of oral care products are available in Thailand -for less than you'd pay for the same brands back home; even the ever-present convenience stores carry a variety of brushes, pastes, floss and the likes.
[As a side note, my doctor flies often enough to have a more than generous luggage weight and count allowance, and he likes to stock up on things before leaving Bangkok to bring back home. He's partial to BigC, I tend to be more of a Tesco/Lotus guy, but either of those will do. Carrefour used to be part of that mix, but they've sold their Thailand stores to the BigC folks. There are packing tips for your trip here, if you're interested.]
|Voy with his fashionable faux "braces" and teal elastics|
For those of you who have friends you visit regularly - especially those who have braces or other problematic orthodontic or tooth concerns - consider buying them a power toothbrush at Big C or Tesco there. It's not going to set you back much, and from my experience it's been an appreciated gift. I've been told they're somewhat of a status item, as personal grooming products go. Go figure.
Getting back to oral health, though: proper brushing and gum care can help prevent infections of various types, and you're likely to be exposed to different things away from home. Those of you who proudly wave the Sex Tourist flag might especially wish to take note of the importance of keeping one's gums healthy and "tight". Flossing and/or vigorous brushing before hopping into bed with a stranger may be good for the breath, but bad in other ways.
Speaking of rented admirers, be advised that if your lady or gentleman du jour doesn't have a toothbrush (or other toiletries, for that matter) when they go into your hong nam to freshen up after arriving they may well just use yours. If you're going to have that sort of visitor, be smart and put out a new brush for them.