It’s no secret that we live in a fast-paced world. When we are always on the go, it can be easy to forget to take the best care of ourselves. Especially, when it comes to our dental health. If you’re a busy parent, student, or someone who travels a lot, you may find it difficult to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine as well as incorporate healthy foods into your diet. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to maintain a healthy diet and smile.
At Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry in West Columbia, SC, we understand today’s busy agendas. This is why we’ve come up with three on-the-go dental care ideas you can easily incorporate into your daily routine:
- Always carry healthy snacks: The “grab-and-go” snacks lining grocery store aisles may be convenient, but are typically heavily processed and loaded with sugar. This spells major trouble for your teeth. Instead of relying on snack bars and other processed foods, prepare fresh fruits and vegetables to carry with you. Other healthy snack ideas include home-brewed iced tea with no added sugar or fruit-flavored water, homemade trail mix, and cheese cubes.
- Carry floss: Food particles trapped between teeth become a playground for hungry bacteria. If you are not in a great place to easily brush your teeth, be sure you have floss packed to take care of any trapped food. If you don’t have mouthwash handy, rinsing with water will increase saliva production which helps to protect your tooth enamel.
- Make an oral hygiene to-go kit: If you’re on the go a lot, you will want to have a small packet of essentials with you. This includes a travel toothbrush, mini toothpaste, floss, and travel-sized mouthwash. You may also include xylitol sweetened gum and sugar-free breath mints.
No matter how busy you are, be sure to make time in your schedule to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Contact us today for your next appointment!