Summer’s in full swing, and for many of us, that means traveling for business or pleasure.
Whether you’re going to hit the road for a family vacation or a trade show in your field, one area that sometimes falls by the wayside is oral health. After all, if you’re stuck on a plane or in a car for hours at a time, it’s not easy to keep the same habits you normally would.
Of course, you have to remember that your teeth and gums don’t care that you’re not at home—and neither do harmful bacteria. In order to maintain good oral health while you’re far away from home, we recommend these oral health ideas that’ll keep your teeth shining!
1) Packing Travel Products
One big stumbling block to maintaining good oral hygiene when traveling is that you don’t have access to your usual toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. That’s why it’s a good idea to pack travel products. There are travel toothbrushes, floss sticks, and even travel-sized bottles of mouthwash that you can easily stow in a purse or bag.
Having them easily accessible will ensure that when the time comes to take care of your teeth each day, you have a way to to do it!
2) Watch Your Diet
You probably know by now that eating or drinking anything with high sugar content will damage your teeth, because sugar attracts harmful bacteria. But for many people, going on vacation often feels like a time to relax their dietary standards and indulge in more fast food, sodas, alcohol, snacks, and desserts.
While it’s fine to enjoy these treats on occasion, you should still try to keep them to a minimum, whether you’re at home or traveling. Substitute healthy foods and snacks like fruits and veggies.
3) Gum and Water
There are times when you really can’t brush, floss, or rinse your mouth out with a mouthwash. For the times when it’s too hard, just remember that doing something is better than doing nothing!
One great idea is the use of sugar-free gum. It increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which is good for removing food particles from your teeth. Another way to remove food particles is with water. You can easily take a swig from a bottle of water to help.
Plus, if you do go for something sweet, you can just use the bottled water you have on hand to rinse out your mouth and keep the sugar from sticking!
While this blog post was about summer traveling, the reality is that you can use these tips for traveling year-round. We hope you found this useful, and remember to keep up your oral health! And if it’s time for you to schedule your next check up, give our Boise dental practice a call and our friendly team will be more than happy to help get you scheduled!