While maintaining dental care everyday can be a challenge- it can be especially difficult if you spend a lot of time traveling. When on the go you are eating at odd hours and you don’t get the luxury to brush or floss regularly. What can you do then, to keep your teeth safe?
Avoiding sugar is the most effective solution to keeping cavities at bay when you are travelling. Not only does sugar give kids sugar rushes, it is just plain bad for your teeth unless you can stop to brush the residue off your teeth. Choose sweet vegetables and fruits instead of candy bars or cookies. Water is also a healthier option that boxed juices because of the amount of sugar in it. Eating healthy is great for your teeth but it is also effective in keeping your body healthy while traveling as well.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing gum normally is inadvisable, especially if you had dental treatment before. However, there are special brands of sugar free gum that are specially made for maintaining oral hygiene. The Sugar free gum helps produce more saliva. Saliva is of-course the mouth’s natural defence against acid and it takes saliva as less as an hour to replace the minerals that the enamel loses while eating. But if you chew a sugar free gum for 20 minutes after eating, it increases the production of the saliva- helping your mouth release saliva quicker. This is one of the best hacks of maintaining oral health while on the move, and it also keeps away mouth odour.
Keep a travel toothbrush Handy
While you will not get a lot of opportunity to brush your teeth- often it happens that when you are at a pit stop, you cant brush your teeth simply because you would have to unpack your suitcase to get your toothbrush. Try to keep a disposable floss stuck and a handy tooth brush for a quick brush and rinse when you are stuck in long car ride. It doesn’t take much effort but can really be good for your oral hygiene.
End the Day with a Thorough Cleaning
When you finally reach your destination, just please don’t forgo a thorough cleaning. It is perhaps the most necessary part of your routine. No matter how tired you are, just spend some extra seconds on your teeth and keep them healthy and white. Most long distance travelers get affected by poor oral hygiene but following these simple steps could stop that pretty effectively.