Tips for keeping a healthy mouth when you're on the go

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Moms, busy professionals, students and many other people are so busy throughout the day that they sometimes forget to take care of their mouths.

Posted: July 30, 2015

You are are so busy throughout the day that they sometimes forget to take care of their mouths. While this is understandable, the fact that you're busy shouldn't mean that you neglect you oral health. When you forget or pass on brushing and flossing, you open to door to bacteria that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. In order to stay healthy, you need to take care of your mouth even when you feel you have no time to do so. People who lead busy lives should remember the following things to help them keep their mouths clean

Carry travel-sized oral health products
Travel-sized oral health products can really come in handy. Many are small enough to easily keep in your car, purse or backpack so that you have them when you need them. If nothing else, try to keep some floss and a small bottle of alcohol-free oxygenaitng mouthwash handy. That way, if you have a meal where you get something lodged in your teeth or feel that your breath may have taken a turn for the worse, you can try to take care of it while still out and about. In addition to those two things, you can also carry a travel toothbrush and a small tube of SLS-free toothpaste. Travel toothbrushes are compact and often have a small case or cover that allows you to carry and use them without any mess.

Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water will help you wash away any food particles and bacteria that collect in your mouth. This will help keep your breath fresh, and because most water in the U.S. is fluoridated, you'll even be strengthening your teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fluoride added into water helps remineralize teeth and prevent cavities. For this reason, it has been added to water supplies for over 70 years. By drinking lots of water and carrying a refillable water bottle, you'll be able to help keep your teeth healthy. 

Stay away from certain foods and drinks
Certain sugary foods and drinks should be avoided. When sugary foods are eaten, bacteria in the mouth interact with the sugar and leave behind acid that can attack your teeth. This leads to cavities and tooth decay. Starchy foods high in refined carbohydrates, such as fried foods or snacks like potato chips, are no friend to your teeth and can lead to the same result as sugary foods. If you do end up eating these foods, you should make sure to clean your mouth after doing so. 

Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing gum can help clean your teeth. Gum increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, which will wash away any leftover food or plaque that has collected on your teeth. While any gum will increase the amount of saliva, sugar-free (with Xylitol) gum is much better and will help your oral health much more than gum with sugar will because of the sugar bacteria relationship listed above. There are many different types of sugar-free gum,so you should be able to find a brand a flavor that you like. 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only.  Always consult your health care professional before beginning any new therapy.

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