Creative Tips for Good Oral Hygiene During Travel
A new year means new adventures. Whether it be for work or play, maintaining good oral hygiene while traveling can prove to be a difficult task. However, the need for good oral care does not take time off. It is still important to maintain good oral hygiene and, even with a change in routine, it is still possible to maintain your oral health.
Plan for Your Trip
Just as your deodorant and shampoo need to be packed, so do your oral care products. An oral care pouch should include your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and/or fluoride rinse. Include your dental floss or alternative. Keep floss or toothpicks within reach to eliminate any debris that may get stuck and cannot be dislodged otherwise.
Maintain Healthy Oral Care During Travel
You likely will not be able to stop to brush and floss whenever you want. Therefore, you have to be creative and mindful of ways to fight oral bacteria. The following are examples to cheat your normal routine but still do your best to stay mouth healthy:
- Drink water. Rather than drinking sugary drinks, choose water to prevent sugar from sitting on your teeth.
- Eat fruit. Choose healthy snacks such as fruit, to avoid build-up of sugar.
- Chew gum. Use sugar-free gum after meals to help reduce bacteria. According to mouthhealthy.org, chewing gum for twenty minutes following a meal can help prevent cavities.
- Brush and floss when you can. If you are not able to follow the “twice a day” rule, make sure you get in your brushing and flossing when possible. A regular cleaning will help eliminate what has accumulated throughout the day.
- Resume your twice daily routine ASAP. Once you are able, get back to brushing and flossing twice a day and more often, when possible or necessary.
When You Get Home
Once you return home from your travels, be sure to resume your normal health care routine. Get back in the swing of things to prevent complications. Keep your regularly scheduled dental checkups and contact your dentist if you have any symptoms of something wrong.
Traveling does not have to derail your healthy oral hygiene. Contact us to schedule an appointment or for more information on how to maintain a happy, healthy smile.