Traveling and living a busy lifestyle could wreak havoc on your oral health. Deviating from normal routines can make it easy to neglect your teeth and gums and skip important appointments with your dentist. There are steps you can take, however, to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. If you’re traveling for work or vacation, consider the following tips to safeguard your oral health.
Keep Contact Information for Your Dentist Handy
Always have your dentist’s number stored in your mobile phone. We also recommend keeping our business cards in your work desk, wallet, or purse. You never know when you will need to ask questions, reschedule existing appointments, or schedule a visit for a dental emergency.
Pack a Travel Oral Hygiene Kit
Always remember to pack oral hygiene supplies – even if you’re just taking a day trip. Your travel kit should include dental floss, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and optional items such as mouthwash or sugar-free chewing gum.
Store Your Toothbrush Properly
While you’re traveling, storing your toothbrush in a travel case can protect its bristles from making contact with dirty surfaces. Once you get to your destination, though, be sure to store your toothbrush in open air and in an upright position so that it can dry between uses. A wet toothbrush can harbor bacteria, which can affect your oral health.
Traveling can make it difficult to remember to drink adequate water. It’s important to make a point to drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water each day. Inadequate water intake directly affects oral health as it can contribute to gingival irritation and bacterial growth.
Avoid Sugary and Acidic Foods
Many times, people indulge when traveling and deviate from their normal dietary choices. While some sugary and high-calorie food is ok from time-to-time, it’s not wise to eat an abundance of sugary or acidic foods. Sugar and acid increase your risks for tooth decay, enamel loss, and bacterial growth.
Even if you’re traveling, we encourage you to eat lean proteins, leafy greens, and vibrant-colored vegetables as often as possible for optimal oral health and energy levels.
Call Charlottesville Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center if you have questions about your oral health or would like to schedule an appointment.