Your teeth can be hard to take care of, especially on the go. For people who travel or eat during the day without easy access to a toothbrush, here are some tips for avoiding the build up of acids and plaque on the teeth when you are on the go.
Keep Water Handy . Water is so important to maintaining a healthy weight, clearing the mouth of bacteria, flushing toxins, and improving saliva flow (read the article, “ Three reasons drinking water saves your teeth.”) Some great ways to drink more water is to keep a full of water pitcher in the fridge, a glass in the bathroom, and full water bottles in the car. Another added benefit to increasing your water intake is that you will be less dependent on sugary juices and soda for hydration.
Keep Teeth Clean Throughout the Day . If more people kept a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash with them in a bag or purse, the world would see less cavities. When you have a sugary treat and you know you won’t be able to brush for a few hours, have something handy to freshen up your teeth with and prevent decay throughout the day.
Keep Healthy Snacks Nearby . Sometimes a vending machine or fast-food drive through becomes your only option when hunger strikes. This is why we suggest keeping these healthy snacks with you at all times:
- Fresh fruits and vegetable (apples, carrots, and celery act as natural toothbrushes)
- Non-perishables like nuts, seaweed snacks, popcorn, and healthy protein bars
- Any snack with 20 grams of protein and low sugar
We recommend avoiding…
- “Healthy” fruit snacks, cookies, and granola bars high in sugar and sticky to the teeth
- Hard candies that stick in the crevices of your teeth or crack the enamel
- Crunchy, carbohydrate-rich pretzels and chips that get lodged in the gums and teeth
Suggested reading: Best and Worst Crunchy Foods for Your Teeth
These tips are only designed to make it that much easier for families to avoid the cost and headache of tooth decay. Dr. Chavez, a great dentist in Provo, sees patients every day who are working to develop strong oral hygiene habits. Developing strong habits to protect your teeth will pay off big dividends for the rest of your life. Part of a strong oral health routine is having a regular dental appointment every 6 months. Call 801-253-8866 to schedule an appointment for you and your family ( especially because summer is the best time to schedule ).