The holidays are coming up, and for many of us, that means lots of travel time. Remember to pack your dental hygiene kit! Here are some tips to make sure your oral health habits don’t slip while you’re at Grandma’s.
First off, keep up on the basics of hygiene. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day; use a clean toothbrush that has very soft bristles. Use floss once a day, for 2-3 minutes each session. If possible, finish the cleaning with an ADA approved therapeutic mouthwash. If you have trouble spending enough time on your teeth, try using a timer or listening to your favorite song.
When traveling, air out your toothbrush as much as possible. Keeping it in a closed space allows bacteria to multiply quickly. Don’t pack your toothbrush with other toothbrushes, as this can lead to cross-contamination. NEVER share your toothbrush with someone else, or use it for anything other than brushing your own teeth. This also leads to cross-contamination and can be very dangerous to your oral health, as it spreads food particles and other debris, disease, infection, and bacteria. If you’ve forgotten your toothbrush and can’t go to the store, put a little toothpaste on your clean finger and brush that way until you get a new brush (as soon as possible).
You can maintain a top-notch smile and excellent oral health, even on the road. For more information, call Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh at Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS in San Francisco, California, at 415.682.6377 and talk to a member of our dental team! We are here to give you the information you need to keep your smile bright this holiday season.