It’s just a fact of modern life; you’re always on the go and life is busy. We know oral hygiene may not be the first thing on your mind as you rush between work and school or the little league field. Philadelphia, PA cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Doray wants to help you keep your teeth clean all day long. So here are some tips for good oral health on the go.
Your oral health is directly impacted by your diet. We know it’s easy to pick up some chips or a chewy granola bar for a quick snack, but we encourage our patients to choose healthier options for both your teeth and your waistline. Veggies and hummus, mixed nuts, and fresh fruit are all healthy snacks that can also help improve your oral health. Rich in nutrients and high in fiber, these foods can help clean your teeth by removing plaque buildup.
Brush & Floss on the Go
Even with your busy schedule you have to visit the restroom at some point. When you do, give your teeth a quick brush. Keep a travel toothbrush in your bag so you can remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth throughout the day. Even a mid-day dry brush (brushing without toothpaste) can help keep plaque from hardening. You may also try keeping some floss picks in your purse, in your car, or at the office. Floss picks are small, easily portable, and can help remove food debris from between your teeth.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
After a meal try chewing some sugar-free ADA approved gum. Some studies have shown sugar- free gum to be a deterrent of tooth decay. Chewing gum helps stimulate saliva production, which is your body’s natural oral cleanser. Saliva helps remove food debris, neutralize acids and repair tooth enamel. Just make sure the gum is sugar-free.
Drinking plenty of water is good for mouth, body and mind. Carrying a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day is a great way to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Water helps clean your teeth and encourages healthy saliva production.
Visit Your Philadelphia, PA Dentist
These tips can help you keep your teeth clean throughout the day. However, brushing and flossing thoroughly twice a day is still essential in maintaining your optimal oral health. Regular dental maintenance with Dr. Doray can help keep your teeth and gums in top condition and help to prevent the development of advanced dental concerns. Contact our Philadelphia, PA dentist office to schedule your next dental checkup or schedule a visit online