One of the hardest things about maintaining good dental hygiene is that it’s a commitment that doesn’t lend itself well to life on the go. Being able to brush your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once a day is workable if you work from home, but brushing teeth or flossing is not always workable in a 30-minute lunchbreak. Additionally, once work is over for the day, many people spend their time going to social events, running errands, or other interests. Dental hygiene just doesn’t seem to mesh well with hectic schedules.
That becomes all the more problematic when you’re getting orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile. Food particles can get stuck between the wires of metal braces and putting your Invisalign retainer back in without brushing first, is like putting your unclean teeth in an incubator. If plaque or gingivitis takes hold while receiving dental care, it can complicate the entire process.
We’ve heard all of these explanations right from our patient’s mouths: “I never have time to floss.” “I tend to work late and end up eating out.” “I usually don’t carry a toothbrush,” and I understand. I really do. But for the sake of your health, changes have to be made –especially if you’re receiving orthodontic care. A viable solution to this problem is to consider carrying a dental kit with you wherever you go. Basically it’s a dental survival kit for people who don’t spend a lot of time at home. In it, you carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss or a floss threader, mouthwash, and chap stick. People in the process of straightening their teeth will want to add dental wax to the kit, just in case the wires on traditional and ceramic braces cause any discomfort.
Dental kits can be bought online or at pharmacies in complete packages, or you can use your own supplies and put them in a small bag or similar carrying case. There’s even specific luggage made just for holding dental products. Whatever method you use, just make sure the hygiene products are able to remain secure and sterile.
The idea of having to carry more things for your daily life may not be appealing. We tend to be pretty burdened as is. But isn’t it worth it if it means a heathier you and not having to hear bad news from the dentist? The benefits of practicing regular and adequate dental hygiene are obvious, but I cannot stress enough how important it is for orthodontic patients. Keeping your mouth in top-shape is an absolute must in order for the straightening procedure to be effective. If you have the needed tools on you, it will be easier to maintain clean teeth and gums, even if you live a life that’s hectic and on the go.