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Traveling for the Holidays? Tips to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

December 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carter @ 3:19 am

Close up of passport and luggageIf you’re traveling for the holidays, you might deviate from your daily routines, like brushing before bed. Even a few weeks of subpar oral hygiene habits can have a lasting effect on your dental health. The next couple of months can be a bad time for your teeth for many reasons. You can keep your mouth healthy, even while traveling, by committing to a few holiday tips.

Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss

You’ll probably find yourself snacking more often, which increases your risk of tooth decay. It’s best to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. However, this can be difficult if you’re on the road. 

Create an oral hygiene kit to take with you. Include a soft bristle toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and waxed dental floss. Don’t forget to pack any cleaning products for your oral appliances.

Limit Sugars and Starches

The holidays are full of many mouth-watering foods, like stuffing, cookies, and cranberry sauce. Although they are staples of the season, they contain sugars and starches, which feed cavity-causing bacteria. 

It’s best to moderate your consumption to keep tooth decay at bay. If you can’t resist your sweet tooth, brush your teeth after you finish. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as an alternative. They are loaded with essential nutrients and act as scrub brushes for your teeth to keep them clean.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can sneak up on you. A dry mouth is an early sign that you’re not drinking enough water. If you are not producing saliva, your mouth becomes a great environment for oral bacteria growth that can lead to bad breath, cavities, and infections. 

It’s important to drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water every day to stay hydrated and keep your mouth moist. If your mouth begins to feel a little dry, it’s time to reach for a glass of H2O.

Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup

Although you have many things on your to-do list before you leave, don’t forget to see your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll examine your mouth to look for anything concerning that may turn into a dental emergency, like a failing filling, gum inflammation, or enamel loss. They’ll provide the quick care you need to ensure your mouth is healthy.

As you celebrate the holidays with friends and family, give your mouth the attention it needs. You’ll have a healthy, beautiful smile to look and feel your best.

About Dr. Bruce E. Carter

Dr. Carter earned his dental degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and completed the Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum Level II from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. In addition to over 1600 hours of continuing education, he is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (770) 574-4540.

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