Everyone knows traveling can throw you off a bit. It can be challenging to keep up with your diet, and it could also be hard to maintain your dental health. The following guide will help you keep up with your oral hygiene.
Make That Appointment
One step you can take before a trip is to simply make an appointment with your dentist. Tell him or her that you’ll be traveling soon so that he or she can give you a good cleaning.
Your dentist might also give you a few suggestions to help keep your teeth as healthy as possible while traveling. Try to make this appointment early enough, just in case there’s important dental work that needs to be done before you take off.
Most people pack their toothbrush in a little baggie, which is pretty normal. The problem is sometimes the baggies or packaging material used for the toothbrush was not properly disinfected. You want to make sure that what you use for your toothbrush is thoroughly cleaned.
This is especially important if you are bringing your toothbrush and not buying a new one. Even if you try to dry your toothbrush, some moisture could be left behind. Moisture creates the perfect environment for bacteria growth, and you don’t want to brush with a toothbrush like that.
You should brush your teeth frequently as you travel. You are probably going to be eating out more often, so try to ensure that you brush your teeth as often as possible. Ideally, you’ll brush after each meal even if you don’t have your toothpaste with you. The key is to make sure you at least brush your teeth.
Make sure you purchase your preferred toothpaste before you take off. Yes, you’ll find toothpaste nearly everywhere in the world, but there may be specific ingredients you need that you might not find elsewhere. For example, those with sensitive teeth might need a specific brand of toothpaste. Don’t forget this step for the good of your teeth.
Think About the Water
People don’t really think about water quality. Most people have decent water coming into their homes, but that’s not the case in every region around the world. Depending on where you are going, you could be exposed to bad drinking water, and this could affect your health in various ways.
You don’t want to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out with bad water. You will need to do a little research about the region you are visiting. Find out about the local water quality to see if it’s safe to use. If the water is not safe, you are going to have to consider just buying bottled water from a local store. Use that water to clean your teeth instead to ensure you’ll be okay.
Don’t Consume Too Much Sugar
You are inevitably going to a new area, and you’ll be exposed to all sorts of interesting foods including sweet treats. Almost all travelers are tempted by local delights. No one is saying you can’t indulge at least once during your travels, but just make sure you choose wisely.
Sugary foods can damage your teeth, and you don’t want to promote the perfect conditions for a cavity to develop. Dedicate some time to find out what special treats you should try and just focus on those. Once you are done eating the sugary treat, brush your teeth. If you are unable to brush your teeth, then at least rinse immediately.
These are just some things you should be doing for your teeth if you’ll be traveling. If you want some additional suggestions, it would be a good idea to talk to your dentist to see what he or she suggests. This professional will ensure you choose oral-friendly options and take care of your teeth properly while having fun.