We all know the importance of keeping up with our oral hygiene, but sometimes it can be difficult to do so while we’re on the go. If you’re someone who travels frequently, you may be wondering how hard it is to keep your teeth healthy while traveling. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think! Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to make sure you have your own personal toothbrush and toothpaste with you when you travel. This way, you won’t have to use the hotel’s toothbrush (which may not be as clean as you’d like) or the mini-toothpaste that they provide (which probably won’t be enough to last you the entire trip).
- Brush and floss regularly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to brush and floss at least twice a day, even when you’re on the road. If you can’t brush after every meal, make sure to at least rinse your mouth out with water.
- Rinse with mouthwash. After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth out with mouthwash to help kill any remaining bacteria. This will leave your mouth feeling refreshed and clean. Specifically, choose alcohol-free and natural ingredients containing mouthwash. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can be drying to your mouth, which can lead to more bacteria growth. In addition, natural ingredients such as essential oils and herbs can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods. Sugary and acidic foods can damage your teeth because they promote tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by a build-up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. When you eat sugary or acidic foods, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel, causing it to break down and lead to cavities. If you do indulge, make sure to brush your teeth afterward.
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking water is important for your overall health, but it’s also great for your teeth. Drinking water helps rinse away food and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. It’s also important to stay hydrated when you’re flying, as the dry air can be tough on your teeth and mouth.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Even if you’re taking good care of your teeth, it’s still important to visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This way you can catch any problems early and keep your smile healthy and shining.
So, whether you’re on a business trip for a week or taking an epic vacation for two months, here are some tips to make sure your teeth stay healthy while you’re away from home. And if you want more personalized advice (or just need to book that appointment), don’t hesitate to contact us today. We love helping our patients maintain their beautiful smiles – no matter where in the world they may be!