3 Tips to Keep Your Mouth Healthy While Traveling Jun 27, 2018
Vacation is an excellent time for your overall mental state but can be the worst time for your teeth. With all responsibilities lifted, people often feel so relaxed on vacation that they forget to brush and floss. When you’re traveling, you’re more likely going to eat more and brush less, so here are some tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy.
Pack fun-sized supplies. Bringing a full-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash can be troublesome when you are trying to pack light. You’re more likely to bring all of your essentials if they are more compact, so purchase travel-sized versions. You might even consider floss picks.
Gum. If you find yourself on a very long car ride where brushing isn’t an option, try chewing some sugar-free gum after you eat. According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after you eat can help prevent tooth decay. The act of chewing will increase the flow of saliva, which naturally cleans your teeth by washing away food and other debris. Gum chewing may also neutralize acids.
Keep your toothbrush clean. Many people intend to protect their toothbrush by putting the bristles in a holder when it’s not in use. However, you must make sure the toothbrush is dry, and the holder has some holes for ventilation, or your toothbrush could begin to grow harmful bacteria. Leave it on the counter or in a cup when you’re in one place, and only put it in the holder when you’re moving from place to place.
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your teeth are. Try to maintain your routine of brushing after breakfast and before bed. Doing so will ensure your teeth get the same excellent care no matter where you go. If you’re eating breakfast out and can’t go back to brush, squeeze in another brushing some other time of day, such as after lunch or when you take a break.
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