Traveling is no excuse to not brush your teeth or let your oral hygiene go. In fact, you probably need to keep an even better sense of hygiene given the kind of road food you will probably be taking in.
And while it’s true that taking exceptional care of your teeth while traveling can be a challenge, there are some very useful tips you can follow to keep your oral hygiene on point.
One of the best and cheap ways to maintain good oral hygiene while you are traveling is to keep a small on the go dental bag with you that’s well equipped with all the things you are going to need to take care of your teeth and related care.
This travel bag should always be well maintained and stocked so you easily pick it up and throw it in your luggage. In this small bag, you can include a small foldable toothbrush, some floss in a small container, mouthwash or toothpaste. Soft floss is the recommended type of floss for traveling as it can be used by anyone and it easily slides in between teeth without causing any gum bleeding.
For folks who have retainers it will be useful to add a clean and safe closable container in case you need to remove and store the retainer at some point during your journey.
If you’re hiking, mountain climbing or camping it’s usually best to travel light, so you only have to carry a small travel toothbrush and floss that takes up less space. The travel toothbrush ensures that the brush part remains clean and protected from dirt without the need to carry extra storage bags.
One very useful way to help keep your teeth clean is to chew sugar-free gum after meals. This can be very useful for when you are traveling as Sugar-free gum will increase and maintain the flow of saliva into your mouth, which plays a very important role in cleaning fluids and food particles out of your mouth. If you carry a packet of sugar-free gum you will find it easier to brush your teeth with your travel toothbrush, eliminating the need of extensive flossing while you are on your travels.
It is important to keep your mouth moist throughout the day, especially when you are traveling and are quiet throughout the journey. You see when your mouth dries up bad breath creeps in fast and we don’t want that now do we?! So you have to try and keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water and staying hydrated.
You can simply drink some fresh water from time to time or rinse your mouth with water after long periods of silence or when you feel your mouth drying up.
Avoiding sugar packed drinks, and substituting them with herbal tea can also help keep optimal oral hygiene whenever you are traveling.
Another very convenient way to keep you oral hygiene on point is investing in our pocket-sized travel toothbrush, Brushee.
Brushee is a 3-in-1 travel toothbrush that you can easily carry while on-the-go. It is a pre-pasted brush, floss and toothpick all in one. It is disposable and affordable to buy. So just think about it for a minute, with Brushee you won’t need to carry dental floss, toothpicks and toothpaste as all THREE things come with the portable toothbrush.
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