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Tips for Taking Care of Your Teeth While Traveling for the Holidays

December 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drnagornaya @ 2:08 am

Smiling man holding luggage The holidays are a busy time of the year, especially if you’ll be traveling. As you hit the road to spend the season with friends and loved ones, don’t let the festivities damage your pearly whites. A few extra inches around your waistline isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. It can be a bad time for your dental health. Here are 5 tips to keep your mouth healthy while you’re traveling for the holidays.

1. Create a Travel Oral Hygiene Kit

The next few weeks are no time to let your oral hygiene habits decline. Create a travel oral hygiene kit to carry with you. Include a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and any cleaning products for dental appliances. Whether you’re at the airport or staying in a hotel, it will be easy to keep your mouth clean.

2. Commit to Brushing and Flossing

It’s easy to crawl into bed after a long day without brushing or flossing, but it can lead to cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily. However, if you’re snacking more often, strive to brush after every meal for 2 minutes. Floss at least once daily to remove any buildup your toothbrush can’t reach.

3. Watch What You Eat

Whether you’re grabbing a snack at the airport, hitting a drive-thru, or attending a family dinner, you’ll be surrounded by mouthwatering foods that feed cavity-causing bacteria. It is best to limit your consumption of sugars and starches to lessen your risk of decay.

4. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful. A dry mouth is a sign that you need to drink more water. If your mouth is too dry, it becomes a perfect environment for oral bacteria growth. Bad breath may be the least of your concerns. Dry mouth increases your risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water daily to stay hydrated to keep your mouth moist.

5. Chew Sugarless Gum

Chewing sugarless gum is a simple way to keep your mouth clean and your breath minty fresh. It increases saliva production to rinse food residue and plaque between brushing and flossing.

Visit Your Dentist Before You Leave

Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist before heading out of town. They’ll ensure your mouth is clean and healthy, so you’ll look your best during holiday celebrations.

About Dr. Natalya Nagornaya

Dr. Nagornaya obtained her dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and has regularly continued her training to provide various specialties, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She is affiliated with the American Dental Association and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through her website or call (847) 607-6532.

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