Spring break 2014: Keeping teeth fresh and white

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Wherever you go on spring break, here are some tips about how to keep your pearly whites looking as good as your beach body.

Posted: March 18, 2014

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The season of spring break has finally arrived, meaning many students and workers are leaving their desks behind for a week in the sun. But don't take a vacation from good oral hygiene!

Before departing, many people spend time making their bodies beach-ready by slimming waistlines. Yet, looking good not only entails curves in a swimsuit, it also includes showing off your shiny, pearly whites. So, for spring breakers everywhere, here's a before, during and after glimpse at maintaining oral health throughout your trip.

Working out several times a week? Check. Brushing, flossing and rinsing everyday? If you can't check this off, it's time to start. A smile is one of the first things a person notices when meeting someone, and since spring break is full of friendly new encounters, make sure you do it with style. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each. Though flossing often gets overshadowed, it's equally important, as it reaches gaps between teeth that bristles cannot. Be sure to floss once a day and rinse afterward.

When choosing between dresses or swimsuits while packing, there's no need to get stressed out - stress can actually cause bad breath. Anxiousness may cause you to be lax with your oral hygiene, which has an effect on breath. That means taking care of yourself could be a factor in limiting bad breath symptoms. 

Many folks take advantage of teeth whitening services beforehand for a smile almost as bright as the sun. Besides, it will only complement your tan. 

Cabo, Napa Valley, Panama City Beach - where? ever you're heading, don't forget to pack your toiletries: toothbrush and floss! No one likes a case of bad breath while on vacation. With hours in the car or plane, foul breath can sneak up easily. Bring aboard a travel-sized brush and mini toothpaste to wash up during the flight or layover. A small container of mouthwash isn't a bad idea either, but remember, you can't pack anything that is more than 3 fluid ounces inside your carry-on. If you're traveling with the family, be sure to include a mini travel kit for each member. 

Since spring break is about throwing schedules to the wayside, it can be tricky to keep your mouth clean regularly. Make a point to brush in the morning before setting out for a day in the sun. Trust us, your travel partners will thank you. Since you'll likely be wiped out at night, it's a smart idea to floss in the a.m. Floss picks are an excellent choice to maintain good oral hygiene while on the go. They're easy to use and perfect for after meals, between sight-seeing or in your hotel room. Brush your teeth prior to bed as well.

While you're out and about, a good option for keeping breath minty fresh is to carry a pack of sugar-free gum. Gum not only covers bad breath, it spurs saliva production to rinse down leftover food bits. Throw in a piece after meals to prevent bacteria from accumulating on food debris.  

Throughout your vacation, make sure you stay hydrated. Booze, cocktails and other mixed drinks dry your mouth out, which causes halitosis. It also depletes your cells of water required to feel your best. Avoid headaches induced by dehydration and drink plenty of water. Plus, with so much sunshine, you'll want stay hydrated throughout the day. 

Once you've returned home from your dream getaway, get back into routine with daily brushing and flossing. Sometimes it's easier to buy a new toothbrush, since bristles get dirty with the more miles stacked behind them. Post-trip sessions provide a good time to reflect, tweak and reestablish a healthy oral hygiene regimen. 

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