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'Tooth-saving' tips while travelling

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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YOU can't take a vacation from oral hygiene.

Maintaining proper dental care while travelling can be difficult. If you're spending hours in the car and eating while you travel, you miss important flossing and brushing opportunities.

What can you do to protect your teeth when on the road? These habits will be real “tooth-savers” for you and your family on your next road trip.

Pack properly

The travel container you keep your toothbrush in should be large enough to provide air circulation. 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.

A brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. If you can, take your toothbrush out of its travel case as soon as you reach your destination. Standing your brush upright in a cup will allow the water to drain away from the bristles.

Eat healthy snacks

Sugary treats are a bad idea anytime, but more so when you're travelling. Not only does sugar make kids too bouncy in the car, but it is very bad for teeth, especially when you can't stop and brush right away.

Instead of sugary treats, choose healthy snacks that are better for your health and your teeth. Bring a cooler filled with fruits that are in season, instead of picking up candy bars and cookies at a pit stop. If you're planning to travel with kids, cut up fruits and veggies into sticks for easy snacking. Skip the convenience of boxed fruit juices, which can contribute to tooth decay, and opt for water instead.

Potty break equals brushing break

You can make it easier to practise good dental care while travelling if you simply keep a travel toothbrush handy. When you make those inevitable pit stops, bring your travel toothbrush with you and give your teeth a quick brush and rinse. You can easily floss while riding (but not driving) in the car using a disposable floss stick. Every effort you make to keep your teeth clean helps.

End the day with a thorough cleaning

When you are finally at your destination, whether it's a hotel room or grandma's house, take a little extra time to focus on your teeth and help your kids with their final teeth cleaning of the day. Be sure everyone in the family flosses thoroughly, then brushes carefully.

No matter how often you travel, you can always end the day on a minty fresh, healthy note with a little bit of effort.

Dr Sharon Robinson DDS has offices at the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa, located at shop #5, Winchester Business Centre, 15 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Dr Robinson is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, School of Oral Health Sciences. She may be contacted at 630-4710. Like their Facebook page, Dental Place Cosmetix Spa for an opportunity to take advantage of weekly specials.

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