So you’re going on a trip to a place that’s fun and exciting. What do you need to pack with you? There’s the obvious suitcase of clothes, hair supplies, electronics and so on. But what about your dental care plan? You need to make sure that you’re taking care of your oral hygiene.
And if you bring along your dog, make sure he has good puppy breath.
If you don’t already have a remedy you have at home, you can use the following dental care tips while you’re away. This is very important, especially since you tend to eat worse while you’re on vacation than you do at home.
Make Sure You’re Brushing Enough and the Right Way
There is a proper way to brush your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth a certain way. This requires you to hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to you gums. Then you stroke the brush back and forth across the top and side of your teeth. Next, hold the brush vertically and use short strokes when brushing the back of your teeth.
As a rule of thumb, you should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes – and at least twice daily.
Use the Right Toothbrush
The toothbrush you select should have bristles that are thin enough to reach into the cracks of your molars. This is where food debris become lodged after eating. For most people, a medium or small sized toothbrush is ideal.
Floss Your Teeth Properly
Flossing is very important because it ensures you get food debris out the crevices of your teeth. This will help keep germs from forming, which can lead to gingivitis and tooth decay. Use a fresh string of floss for each area of your mouth, so you’re not reinserting the same germs into another part of your mouth.
You’re on vacation, which means a lot of snacking. You may enjoy more sweets and junk food more than usual. This puts your teeth and gums at risk. If you’re going to eat sweets, make sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward. Sugar will eat away at your enamel, which can lead to cavities.
The best thing you can do is avoid eating poorly altogether.
Bring a Tongue Scraper
Your teeth and gums are only one part of the oral hygiene equation. You also need to clean your tongue. This is especially important if you notice discoloration or a white film coating your tongue. You can buy a metal or plastic tongue scraper. This, like your teeth, needs to be cleaned daily. So add this a part of your twice daily routine.
If you’re still shopping around for apparel to bring along on your trip, you can look on Groupon. You can find plenty of deals here for various shops, such as Foot Locker and J. Crew. Make sure to check back daily so you can keep up with the new discounts and deals from your favorite shops.