Tips for fresh breath and dental care on the go

By Dr Dhaval Shah


1. Carry your electric toothbrush kit and floss with you

Modern electric toothbrush kits for travel are very compact and suitable for your purse or carry bag. Make sure you follow your dentist’s advice to brush at least twice daily, if not more, and make sure you leave a gap of about half an hour after you eat, especially if it is acidic foods.

2. Rinse your mouth regularly

Rinsing your mouth with plain water is very effective in washing out lingering food particles that cause bad breath and put your teeth at risk of decay. You can use an antibacterial mouthwash, but remember it is not the solution for bad breath and you should see your dentist to resolve the causative factors.

3. Keep yourself hydrated

Dehydration is one of the main causes of bad breath. Keeping yourself hydrated means looking after your entire body and that is reflected in fresh breath if you keep your oral hygiene up to a good standard.

4. Try interdental cleaners or water flossers

Interdental cleaners and water flossers are no substitute to brushing, but are very effective adjuncts, especially for those with orthodontic braces or other mouth appliances.

5. Watch what you eat

Even if you plan to rinse, floss or chew gum after eating, it’s still wise to avoid sugary drinks and candy. The amount of time you spend enjoying these treats is all it takes for them to start eating away at your enamel. Avoiding food with added sugar isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s also good for your overall health.

6. Healthy body = Healthy mouth = Fresh breath

There are a lot of systemic diseases such as diabetes, liver failure and respiratory infection, which can lead to bad breath. It goes without saying that these conditions need medical attention, but controlling them also controls foul breath.


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