In just a few months, summer will be here. For many of us, this means travelling whether on a family holiday or going on a road trip to see loved ones. When you’re on the go, it can be easy to forget about your oral health routine. Here’s how to keep teeth healthy in the summer.
Put together an oral hygiene kit for when you travel
As well as packing your swimming costume and shorts, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. Oral care doesn’t stop just because you’re not at home.
Carry dental floss picks with you
Floss picks are an excellent way to clean between your teeth on the go. They can get rid of those annoying bits of your in-flight or car snack that have gotten stuck between your teeth. Use floss to get rid of them to stop plaque from forming.
Arrange a dentist appointment before you travel
The last thing you want when you are away is nagging toothache, or sensitive teeth when you want to enjoy all those ice creams. Schedule in a dentist’s visit before you travel so they can give your teeth a once over before you go away.
Try to be balanced when snacking
We know that you don’t want to worry about your diet when you’re on holiday, but do try to balance the desserts, ice cream, and fruit juices with some tooth-friendly foods like carrot sticks, apples, and celery. Sugary and acidic food and drink can damage your tooth enamel and cause decay.
A dry mouth allows bacteria to thrive. You mouth can get dry if you’ve been indulging in holiday cocktails. Be sure to drink plenty of water through the day.
Don’t chew ice cubes
It’s a hot day and you’re cooling yourself down by chewing on the ice cubes in your drinks. While it may be cooling, it’s bad news for your teeth. It’s not only ice that can get chipped and cracked, your teeth can too! Leave the ice in your glass where it belongs.
Start and end each day with your oral care routine
It’s tempting to forget about your usual routines when you’re on holiday, but your oral care routine shouldn’t be one of them. Make sure you brush twice each day, use floss, and mouthwash, and when you get back home, you’ll have a bright and healthy smile to go with your tan!
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