Have you packed your passport, your camera, and your dental floss as well? Yes that’s right, because flossing is important at home and away from home. If your are planning a trip that will last a few weeks, not flossing your teeth can make you develop periodontal disease because remaining plaque initializes gum infection and inflammation. Cavities can even start in between your teeth if you don’t floss them.
It is therefore important to carry dental floss with you when you travel. It’s a very helpful and quiet travel companion 🙂 Think of having waxed floss if the spaces between your teeth are very tight.
A good old toothbrush is the most basic device for oral hygiene because it removes food debris after a meal, and clears up most of dental plaque. Brushing your teeth is well completed when you finish with dental floss. An electric toothbrush can even do a better job than a regular toothbrush, especially if you have braces or an orthodontic appliance. But if you travel with your electric toothbrush, don’t forget to take the charger with you too!
Remember as well that your dentist recommends using a soft or ultra-soft bristled toothbrush, since hard bristled toothbrushes can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums.
You can always buy toothpaste from wherever you are travelling to. Any supermarket from all around the world has toothpaste to sell. But some people have toothpaste preferences whether it’s the taste or if they need a tooth sensitivity fighter toothpaste, and are better off bringing their own.
Don’t forget that only 100 ml of toothpaste is allowed on your carry-on luggage when you travel by airplane.
Sometimes you are hungy and you eat a quick snack, or sometimes you want to try irresistibly delicious local food and you can’t necessarily brush and floss right after. Chewing on sugarless gum for about 10 minutes after a meal can stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is a natural cleaner which also reduces the acidity in your mouth.
Chewing gum does not replace brushing and flossing your teeth, but it’s a temporary solution that also makes your breath more fresh!
Interdental brush such as the proxabrush
When you are wearing braces or an orthdontic appliance, it’s a good idea to bring an interdental brush with you on your trip.
Sometimes even dental floss or an electric toothbrush doesn’t remove a tiny piece or rice stuck between your tooth and the metallic wire. But in a case like that, a proxabrush can do wonders.
An interdental brush can also be useful for people who have periodontal disease with receding gums. It’s also practical to remove debris stuck in spaces in between teeth that are difficult to clean.
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