Travelling is no excuse to let go of your oral hygiene practices. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, or a month-long vacation in Cabo San Lucas, you need to have a proper dental action plan.
There is more to oral hygiene than just brushing and flossing. Sometimes you may not have access to the things you need, such as a sink and water, and your oral hygiene may fall to the wayside.
Here’s how to make sure your pearly whites don’t feel left out on vacation:
Pack All Your Oral Hygiene Supplies
The first thing is to ensure that you pack all your oral hygiene products. While toothpaste and toothbrush are obvious, you may also want to pack in additional products recommended by your dentist.
This is to ensure that you are not compromising on your oral hygiene in anyway.
Keep Your Toothbrush Dry
You have to make sure that your toothbrush remains dry. Keeping the toothbrush dry can be really difficult, especially if you are stuffing it inside your backpack or case. So ensure that the cover of your toothbrush is well-ventilated, so it can dry quickly after use.
If your toothbrush remains wet, it will become a breeding ground for bacteria, and using it may cause oral infection.
Use a Mouth Wash
There will be instances when you won’t be able to perform a complete oral care routine. Such as air turbulence preventing you from leaving your seat, or a long bathroom queue at the truck stop. In this sit-upon, you could use mouthwash to quickly freshen your breath.
Remember that this isn’t an alternative to brushing and flossing. This is just a quick fix that you should only use in emergency situations.
Another good option is to keep sugarless gum to chew on after meals, as you won’t find an appropriate place to rinse your mouth.
Know Your Food Options
Travelling does not mean that you give your teeth a hard time with sugary foods and carbonated drinks. This is especially important to remember if you are already suffering from some kind of dental problem or are wearing dentures.
You must know the food options available at your destination. This will help you plan out your meals accordingly.
It is also a good idea to pack something if you are unsure what will be served in your flight or train.
Schedule A Dentist Appointment
Before you depart, visit your dentist and tell them that you are travelling.
The last thing you want is to reach your destination and find out that you need an emergency dental procedure. If you are travelling for more than two weeks, then this is even more important for you.
A dental checkup will ensure that your teeth are healthy and the dentist will also be able to provide you with some valuable tips on how you can maintain oral hygiene during the entire trip.
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