To all the busy parents, the business professionals, the errand-runners, the task-champions, AND even the got-out-of-bed-late-but-made-it-on-time champs,
We know just how busy you are! Looking after our oral health on the go can sometimes be difficult, indulging in that caramel latte on the way to work, rushing lunch before a meeting or a chocolatey mid-afternoon snack to get you through to dinner time all have an impact on our teeth.
We all have that similar oral hygiene routine in the morning – wake up, floss, brush, mouthwash, and go! But, did you ever consider what happens to your teeth in between your first and last brush of the day?
Our teeth are at risk of acid attack after we eat and drink anything, especially if what we consume has sugar in it. This acid is produced by plaque bacteria, and the sugars in our food and drink, which slowly dissolves the enamel and dentine of the tooth leading to cavities forming.
So, what are you supposed to do between brushes to protect your pearly whites?
Here are five easy ways to look after your smile on-the-go:
1.Travel Size – After a large lunch, a good brush is in order. Buying a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss to carry with you or keep at your desk. That way you can take a few minutes to properly brush your teeth and freshen your break before your 1:30 meeting.
2. Pocket Pick – It is recommended that you floss twice a day, but when you’re on-the-go, its almost impossible to make the time. Another great way to dislodge any pesky salad leaves or meat chunks is to use a travel-sized combo toothpick and floss. This duo is great for not only removing particles and cleaning the spaces in between your teeth.
3. Wisps – The Wisp is a small brush with a liquid-filled bead inside that releases a burst of cleaning freshness as you brush. You don’t need any water to use a Wisp, which makes it pretty handy when you don’t have any water or don’t trust the water. Another cool feature is that you also don’t have to apply toothpaste; the cleaning solution stored in the bead will do the job.
4. Sugar-free gum – An easy way to keep your teeth clean is to chew sugar-free gum after meals. Sugar-free gum can increase saliva production in your mouth, which sweeps food particles out of your mouth. Because it’s sugar-free, the gum can satisfy your sweet tooth while helping you avoid sugary snacks.
5. Water – You won’t always have a toothbrush or pocket pick on hand, so if nothing else, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water. Swish as though you are using mouthwash to dislodge any stubborn food particles.
While these tips are great for on-the-go, the best way to ensure your smile stays healthy and happy is to make sure you keep up with your at-home oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing twice a day while using a mouth rinse will reduce your risk of cavities, decay, and other dental issues. And don’t forget to visit your Landmark Dental team for proper hygiene cleanings and dental examinations twice yearly!