Traveling and a busy lifestyle can wreak havoc on our oral health. Beyond keeping routine appointments with your dentist, maintaining your oral health through proper oral hygiene involves sticking to a strict routine. Unfortunately, travel and other interruptions to our routines can make it difficult to keep our teeth and gums in tip top shape.
Following are helpful tips for practicing great oral hygiene on the go.
Pack Extra Teeth-Cleaning Supplies
Whether you’re traveling on vacation or business, it’s important to keep all your oral hygiene supplies in one handy travel kit. Consider using a toiletries bag specifically for oral hygiene. This bag should contain dental floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. You can also pack travel-sized mouthwash and other items you might need like accessories for special orthodontic appliances or prosthetic teeth.
Be sure to store your toothbrush in a travel case that protects its bristles from coming in contact with unsanitary debris. You wouldn’t want to pack an unprotected toothbrush where items like dirty clothing or shoes might come in contact with it. Travel cases should have holes in them, too. It’s important that your toothbrush dries between uses to prevent it from harboring bacteria.
Keep Oral Hygiene Tools in Your Car, Work Desk, or Briefcase
If you tend to work long hours or spend a lot of time on the road for work, pack an oral hygiene kit to keep in your desk or vehicle. This will make it easier to brush and floss after meals when you’re away from home.
Eat Healthy and Drink Water
When you’re traveling it can be tempting to stray from a healthy diet and lifestyle but this could put your oral health at risk. Diets high in sugar and acid increase your risks for common conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
Choose to eat nutrient-dense foods that are low in sugar. Try to avoid acidic and sugary beverages, too. When you’re on the go, water is your friend. Dehydration can irritate your gums. Water is also helpful for diluting acids and rinsing away debris from meals.
If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, call Fresh Leaf Dental to schedule an appointment with our dentist.