Dental Necessities On The Go

Dentist You probably hear from your dentist at least twice a year that you need to brush and floss daily. But while it can be easy to keep up with those habits at home, when you are on the go and your schedule is disrupted, it can be difficult to keep that commitment to your oral health.

There are many products available to help you keep up your dental hygiene regimen when you’re away from home. (Here’s an example.) Some of them are dentist approved, some aren’t. Here are a few tips for taking care of your teeth when you’re traveling or busy and not able to go home to do your brushing and flossing.

Toothbrushes

  • Be careful when choosing an on-the-go toothbrush. Many mini-sized “travel toothbrushes” have stiff bristles, which can damage your teeth and gums. Softer bristles are better.
  • If you bring a toothbrush with you, keep it covered in your travel bag, to avoid contact with dust, dirt and bacteria.
  • If you’re concerned about halitosis (bad breath), brushing your tongue will help.

Flossing

 Water

  • Don’t forget to drink enough water. Dry mouth can make bad breath worse, and can damage your teeth and gums.
  • If the local tap water is fluoridated, drink it. If not, try to find bottled or filtered water that has fluoride added to it.

Gum/mints

  • Gum or mints can freshen your breath or make your mouth feel cleaner, but don’t consume brands that add sugar to their products.
  • Look for brands that are sugarless, especially ones that use xylitol, which has been shown to prevent tooth decay.

“You don’t have to leave all your good dental health habits at your front door,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Whether you are traveling or just out and about for work or play, you can keep your mouth healthy all day long.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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