Oral Hygiene on the Move

At home, you may have established good habits, but those habits can easily be thrown off by the chaos of travel. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re a salesman driving across the country, a father of four vacationing in Hawaii, or a fugitive escaping justice, there are no excuses for bad oral hygiene.

Here are some tips that can keep the chaos from taking control of your teeth:

Get Rid of Bad Breath

Traveling involves a lot of sitting in one place, often in a stressful environment without easy access to a shower. Even using the restroom can become a chore. To handle the bad breath before meeting family or an important client, use a small travel-size Listerine bottle to wash out your mouth. If mouthwash isn’t around, an apple from the closest food vendor can be your second-best defense.

Flossing and Brushing

Ideally, you should have everything you need for oral health in several locations.

Don’t leave home without:

  • A Toothbrush
  • Dental floss (the kind you will actually use)
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste

You should have access to at least three kits with the above supplies. Keep one in your home, one in your car, and one in your briefcase/purse for when you’re stuck at the office or airport.

What to do During Emergencies

Just in case, you should know the following wherever you go:

  • If outside the U.S., you should know a network of medical providers, like www.iamat.org, which lists medical providers. You must also know where your consulate or embassy is, along with their contact information.
  • Hotel concierge services and how to use them.
  • A local who can take you where you need to go.
  • The emergency number (911) or other country-specific number

You don’t have to be caught off-guard by the chaos of travel. If your travels take you to Boise, Idaho, stop by Modern Dental for a thorough checkup.

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