Daily brushing, check. Flossing before bed, check (hopefully!). These tasks are such a normal part of your routine that you barely have to think about doing them anymore. That is unless something in your life changes. You have undoubtedly noticed that summer is here. Hooray! That means days out at the pool or park or lake. For many of us, it means road trips, camping under the stars, or even flights across the country. You know what else it means? The disruption to your normal routine could mean an increased risk for dental problems.
How to Travel with your Smile in Mind
It’s possible to attend to the needs of your mouth even when you are away from home. Here’s how:
- Take it with you. It is possible to pack snacks for a long day or even a long trip. Doing so will keep you from reaching for unhealthy processed foods, chips, sodas, and other enemies of the smile. Not only do crunchy summertime fruits and vegetables like apples and celery clean your teeth, but they are also actually much tastier than anything you will find at that drive-through! Choosing fruits and vegetables with high water-content, like cucumbers and watermelon, are also good for your mouth.
- Tip your glass. The hot summer months may tempt us to consume more liquid. When the beverages that are chosen contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, ascorbic acid, and other chemicals, the danger of discoloration, erosion, and inflammation reaches an all-time high. Reduce these risks by filling your glass with fresh water. Even if you sip water in between other beverages, your smile benefits. The increase in saliva production dilutes residue on teeth and gums that could cause problems.
- Expect the unexpected. Road trips, hours-long flights or layovers at airports can all lead to one thing: dirty mouth. Keeping your mouth fresh and clean can be a challenge unless you know how to plan ahead. When taking a trip, even for a day, stow some antibacterial mouthwash into a bag along with a travel toothbrush or roll of floss. Quick and simple, rinsing, flossing, and brushing does far more than any mint can.
Summertime is a great time to see your Houston dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Schedule your visit with us at (281) 486-8061.