Bringing too much can be inconvenient when you travel. Or, sometimes, we simply forget to pack essentials. Whatever situation you find yourself in, though, one thing remains the same: continuing your healthy habits is necessary when traveling.
Why is brushing important?
We have practiced brushing as early as we could speak. Our parents have always called us out when we miss a session of brushing. But many continue to disregard the simple act of cleaning their teeth.
A day without brushing can cause more problems than you expect. When you don’t brush, you give bacteria more time to feed on unwanted particles, form a bacterial film called plaque, and attack the enamel. This attack on the enamel can weaken the teeth and cause dental problems.
What can I do to keep my teeth healthy away from home?
Maintaining a dental care regimen while on the road is possible and straightforward, especially if you have the necessary tools to do so. Consider these travel tips for maintaining good oral health:
#1 Opt for Travel-Size Products
Especially if traveling by plane or in a tiny vehicle, there may be little to no room in your suitcase for anything other than clothing items. This is when travel-size products come in handy.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other miniature-sized products can be found in most convenience stores. Many of these comply with most airport regulations and restrictions. Some of these products may also be found Longs. If you can’t find your favorite product in travel size, purchase empty travel-size containers (such as tiny bottles) to place your products in.
Keep in mind that if you’re staying at a hotel, cotton swabs, cotton balls, shampoo & conditioner, soap, and lotion is typically (but not always) supplied and can be replenished when asked. You can always purchase these products when you arrive at your destination if not.
#2 Pack Necessities First
The first thing usually on our packing list is our electronics and our clothing items. Toothbrush and toothpaste in specific are commonly forgotten or are packed last, mainly because they are small. Be sure to pack these first, or at least make a list of all of the items you’ll be needing.
You can bring your toothbrush along with you or secure a small toothbrush like a foldable one before going on a trip. With a small toothbrush, you can save space.
Because stores in the place you are going may not sell toothbrushes, it is essential to already have one with you. And although most hotels provide toothbrushes, this may still depend on the place you are staying. Sharing a toothbrush is also a no-no. When you share a toothbrush, the tendency to also share the bacteria in it will likely only counter the intended benefit of the toothbrush. Toothpaste is also available in travel sizes. Like toothbrushes, having toothpaste with you will save you from the hassle of looking around for one.
#3 Eat tooth-friendly snacks
Besides having oral hygiene devices, being wary of what goes in your mouth is also a way of caring for your mouth. Even while away on a trip and enjoying good food is tempting, make sure to eat the right food. Enjoy less sugary, starchy, and hard food. Opt for nuts or cheese, which are better for your teeth as they can stimulate saliva. On the other hand, chips can get stuck between your teeth.
Stranded at an airport with only vending machines to rely on? Some vending machine snacks may not be as bad for your oral health as they might seem. 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 harmful bacteria growth in the mouth.
#4 Drink water and more water
Drinking water is also a way to keep your teeth clean while on a trip. After a meal, drink a glass of water to wash away food particles hiding in your mouth. With the help of water, food particles and plaque will be less likely to accumulate and linger inside your mouth.
#5 Go with sugarless chewing gum
If water and food are unavailable, you can chew sugarless gum. Flying can cause dry mouth, which can contribute to tooth decay over time. Chewing gum will at least keep your mouth fresh and moist. Saliva is essential in maintaining oral health as it helps combat bacteria.
Commit to Keeping a Healthy Mouth
Make it a daily habit to remember to care for your hygiene! Ensure there is time out of your busy day to brush your teeth, floss, and participate in any other hygienic rituals while you are away from home.
It’s especially vital to care for your oral health, particularly as just one missing of brushing and flossing can increase one’s risk of cavities and other oral-related issues sooner than one may think! Just because you are on holiday travels does not mean it’s okay to neglect your oral or general health or that you’re too busy to do so. Remember that a simple toothbrushing session only lasts two whole minutes.