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Why Travel Brushing Should Be Part Of Your List

The Importance of Brushing Teeth While Traveling

You can still sustain a steady dental care regimen even when traveling. When traveling, of course, a travel toothbrush is a must. Fortunately, you can find several types of folding 2-piece toothbrushes, which are particularly useful when you only have limited space.

Many prefer to bring either a full-size or even travel-sized toothbrush, a travel-sized toothpaste tube, and a tiny container of dental floss along on their travels. These items can easily be stuffed in a coat pocket, office desk drawer, briefcase, luggage or purse. It is also wise to ensure to have one in a hand-carry bag too just in case, if say, the airport loses your luggage.

Even without toothpaste, brushing with water or wetting the brush is better than doing not brushing at all. But generally, traveling doesn’t prevent one from the resources they need to maintain good oral health. A nearby store will likely have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and other tools you might need for your teeth.

Here are other some tips for travel tooth care:

  • Snack right. Getting stranded at a hotel or airport with nothing but only a few options from a vending machine makes a great opportunity to munch on something unhealthy. However, in that scenario, your teeth will be grateful if you pick nuts or another salty snack over sugar-based snacks.

In fact, some vending machine snacks may not be as bad for your oral health as they might seem. Some studies reveal that peanuts may help shield tooth enamel from plaque by balancing the acids in the mouth. Additionally, peanuts provide minerals important for the teeth, like phosphorus.

But all sugar-less snacks are good options. For instance, pretzels may seem like a healthy snack option. However, they are more prone to getting caught between the teeth compared to other snacks like nuts. Aside from that, pretzels also contain more carbohydrates that are fermentable and encourage bad bacteria growth in the mouth. Of course, for travelers who do not have much time to brush their teeth, this wouldn’t be the ideal snack.

  • Chew gum. In the event that water and food are scarce while you’re traveling, it is advisable to bring sugar-free chewing gum with you. As many know, airplane travel can usually cause dry mouth, which can contribute to tooth decay overtime. That said, chewing sugar-free gum will greatly help revitalize saliva in the mouth, getting rid of excess bacteria as a result.
  • Rinse and gargle after eating every chance you get. If you do not have the time to brush your teeth, you may at least rinse your mouth or gargle with water. This way, food particles and sugars will not have the chance to accumulate in the mouth. Make this a habit especially when you travel or do not have the chance to brush your teeth, even just for a short period of time.

It is truly important to always take the time to clean our teeth thoroughly, traveling or not. Having healthy gums and teeth and are important to think about even on the go.


Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

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