When you are away from your comfort zone usually you start making compromises and take the easy way out. The excitement of having to travel either going home, work, business or for vacation can make you forget to pack the essentials and engage in compromising habits. Its Teethlicious Tuesday so here are a few guides for tooth care while you travel.
Hard truth: You can’t take a vacation from oral hygiene
Although you are away from home, the health of your mouth shouldn’t be compromised. Give your oral care the attention it deserves when you’re travelling for business or pleasure. “You can’t take a vacation from oral hygiene,” says Dr. Robert MacGregor, a dentist in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush
Very often people will forget to pack their tooth brush, especially if they are used the morning of the travel day and I have noticed that most of the places you find yourself might not have the recommended medium bristles toothbrush and you are left with hard smoker tooth brushes during your travel time (especially in Ghana), BE Smart pack your medium or soft bristle toothbrush.
Pack your required toothpaste
Don’t rely on the hotel toothpaste supplies. Just think what if what if they don’t provide. So pack yours. If it’s a family trip, pack the children’s toothpaste, pack your fluoridated toothpaste and if you have sensitive teeth pack your desensitizing toothpaste. Assume that where you are going they won’t have the supply and brand you like, so go prepared and armed.
Package your oral care supplies properly
Don’t just tuck it in the corner, don’t just throw it into your suitcase. Get a container for your toothbrush protect the bristles. If not they will be flying north and east by the time you arrive your destination. Don’t use a case that holds your brush tightly, and make sure that the container has holes for drainage and ventilation. Before and after your trip, be sure to clean your case!
Unpack and Dry out your brush
Thank God for journey mercies as you receive the hugs and welcome and you settle in whether at home, hotel or family place or a friends place. Unpack your toothbrush and dry it out preferably upright in a cup, especially if it was used that morning of your trip. A brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. Take your toothbrush out of its travel container as soon as you get home.
Look for portable oral hygiene products
You can decide to get a travel toothbrush instead of your usual toothbrush. In that case get portable products like a collapsible toothbrush, a disposable tooth flosser or a roll of floss isn’t difficult to fit into your purse or carry-on.
Watch what you’re eating
Travel time is usually compromising time for a lot of people (I am guilty also). We want to eat every and anything. We often change our eating habits. We tend to indulge ourselves a lot more. But the frequency of sugar exposure is very important. Try to limit the number of times you treat yourself to sweets, carbonated drinks, candies, chocolates and the likes in a day. Each exposure will make a difference to the health of your teeth. Discipline yourself. This is hard but Yes We Can.
What if my luggage doesn’t arrive?
What if you planned and did all the above, but the airline decided not to bring your luggage or the bus driver forgot to load your luggage into the bus. Life is full of uncertainties, don’t give up you can still stay Teethlicious. Remember our goal is to remove plaque when we brush our teeth. So without paste, you can still brush with water. You’ll still be removing plaque from your teeth, as long as you brush properly. But still check the supermarket around and purchase a new set of toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t use water and brush through out.
Thanks for reading please share remember. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss and rinse every day. Visit a dentist near you before you travel to know your oral health status and spot the cavities in your teeth early. Stay Gorgeous Stay Professional.