Here are some important dental hygiene tips while travailing we often ignore but should be followed in order to maintain oral hygiene.
Summer is almost here! The days are getting longer, the weather is beautiful, and plans for vacation are coming together. But while vacations are a blast, sometimes they prevent you from maintaining your healthy dental routine. It can be hard to give your oral care the attention it deserves while traveling. Being away from home and everyday routines can make it easier to neglect your dental health, which can take its toll on your teeth. But the health of your mouth shouldn’t be compromised. You can’t take a vacation from good dental hygiene.
Good oral health will contribute to your oral hygiene. Dental care is more than just brushing. Poor oral hygiene will cause infection and inflammation of gums which will affect your body indirectly. This increases the importance of maintaining dental health to get shiny and clean gums and teeth. These are few simple steps that you can follow to maintain a good dental health.
Cleaning/Checkup Before You Travel
Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning/checkup before you travel. Going on vacation with a small cavity lingering in your tooth could result in further decay, at which point you may experience severe dental pain on your otherwise enjoyable trip. A quick cleaning and checkup at the dentist will identify any cavities or other oral problems, giving you the peace of mind knowing that your mouth is healthy and ready for the trip.
Protect Your Toothbrush
Toothbrush caps are a great for protecting brush bristles from germs and damage in your bag. But a brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. If you can, take your toothbrush out of its travel case as soon as you reach your destination.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Don’t forget to bring your toothbrush and toothpaste when traveling. A proper toothbrush should have a small head and soft bristles, allowing you to reach the back molars without causing irritation to your gums. Toothbrushes with stiff bristles may actually work against you by irritating the gums and causing them to recede. Soft-bristle toothbrushes, on the other hand, are gentle and typically do not irritate the gums.
Dental Care Abroad
Many travelers wonder whether or not it’s safe to have dental procedures done abroad. Dentists in the U.S. are held to strict standards set by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among other things, these standards cover the prevention of blood-borne pathogens, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), sterilization and disinfection, dental waterlines, water quality and more. In addition, all medicine prescribed and/or administered by dentists in the U.S. must meet the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) standards.
Eat A Balanced Diet
Consistently eating a diet from each of the four basic food groups will build a strong body system for growth, repair, maintenance and defense. Sugary snacks and colas will only feed the harmful bacteria in your mouth and further damage your teeth and gums. If you do partake in any sugary foods or drinks, it is essential that you brush your teeth soon after to reduce their detrimental effect.
If you plan on staying away from home for a prolonged length of time, it’s a good idea to check the list of eligible dentists with your dental insurance provider. In the event of a dental emergency, you’ll obviously want to choose a dentist covered by your insurance; otherwise, you could be responsible for paying it out-out-pocket. A phone call to your employer or insurer should reveal which dentists are covered under your insurance.
Dental Hygiene Conclusion
Maintaining good dental hygiene at home can be challenging, so doing it while traveling may be even more difficult. Our dental hygiene needs to be a routine in our daily lives even when we are far from home. To maintain good dental health as well as overall health becomes easier over time. The results of a good dental hygiene regimen are well worth it in the end.