At Lee J. Martin, DMD, we know that maintaining proper oral hygiene is a crucial aspect of maintaining our overall health and well-being. Our mouths can be compared to a gateway into our bodies since everything that you drink or eat will have to pass through your mouth before it can be broken down and digested by your body. Therefore, it’s essential to take care of your teeth, even while traveling.
While it might be easy to stick with a routine oral health regimen while we are at home, when we go on vacation, things get a bit trickier. During our travels, our minds are occupied with our adventure and our oral health tends to fall by the wayside.
Tips to Maintain Oral Health When Traveling
However, the good news is that there are a few things that you can do to take care of your teeth while traveling.
- During vacations, we tend to eat more exorbitantly than we would at home. This often means more sugary snacks and desserts than we’re used to. Therefore, if you can, try to brush your teeth after every meal during your journey. Just be sure to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes to avoid scrubbing away any of your tooth enamel.
- Don’t forget your toothbrush. We’ve all been there before, unpacking our bags after a long day of traveling and then it hits you. Your toothbrush is still sitting at home next to your sink where you left it. While it can be as easy as running to the store and picking up a new one, you vacation will be that much more enjoyable if you make sure to bring your toothbrush along with you.
- When packing, be sure to keep your toothbrush is a clean container that allows for some air to flow through it. This will help keep the brush dry and prevent bacteria from being able to grow on its bristles.
- Although you’re on vacation, try to avoid snacking on too much junk food between meals. Also, try to avoid sticky foods such as licorice, sugary gum or any other types of soft candy that stick to your teeth.
- Stay hydrated. Be sure to bring a bottle of water along with you, especially if you plan on being on a bus, train or plane for extended periods of time. This give you a healthy drink to sip on and will prevent your mouth from drying out.
- Don’t forget your floss and mouthwash. These are essential parts of your oral health routine and should not be left behind when you’re on vacation. Rinsing with mouthwash helps to kill bacteria present at the back of your mouth where your toothbrush and floss typically can’t reach.
- Avoid indulging in too many sugary alcoholic drinks or any types of tobacco products that can stain your teeth
Call Lee J. Martin, DMD To Learn More
Although taking care of your teeth is the same whether you’re at home or staying in a hotel, it’s important to never forget the importance of taking care of your mouth daily. Even while on vacation, it’s important to brush and floss regularly and by doing so, you’ll be able to have a good vacation and maintain a bright, white and healthy smile while you’re at it.
Need to schedule an appointment with your dentist near Rincon, GA before or after your trip? Give Lee J. Martin, DMD a call today at (912) 966- 2102 to schedule.