Maintaining Oral Health during Summer Expeditions

Summer is just around the corner and you may be thinking of going for a hike. Surely it’s the wonderful idea because mountainous sides display their true beauty when they take the snow cover off. Since it’s also the time of year when schools end, families plan for the hiking trips. But, there is the real need of adjustments in the routine lives especially when it comes to oral health. During these trips, it can be easy for you to forget about oral health. Therefore, there are few things that you need to do in order to ensure that your dental and oral hygiene is not ignored in any way.

Dental care on the mountains

While going on a hike, it’s recommended that you include very basic items in the backpack you carry. Most of the items in that backpack are going to be the ones which can save your life during hiking. Thus, you may not be able to include your entire dental kit in the backpack. Having that said, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration in order to ensure that you are not missing your oral health routine while hiking.

  • A travel toothbrush is the first item among basic dental kit you need to take to the hiking trip. Travel toothbrush is the very basic kind of brush which can only help in maintaining oral hygiene for a few days. Thus, the amount of toothpaste you need to keep with you should not be more than what you can consume for a few days. Since travel toothbrushes are foldable, they are easy to pack.
  • The water stream on mountains may look clean but it may not be the drinkable water. This water might contain fecal matter from every sort of animals which live on the mountains. Therefore, you take your water supply with you while going on a hike. Although you may have very little room for everything, water is something which you need to include as much as you can.
  • During hiking, you may not be able to floss in the way you do at home. So, you can consider using toothpicks instead of dental floss. It would be even better if you learn about the plant with no poisonous effects. You can us thin stems of those plants at toothpicks.
  • Since hiking involves climbing up the rocky stones, there is always a chance of slipping and getting an injury on the head. to prevent any damage to your teeth in that scenario, you need to include a mouth guard in your personal belongings you are going to take with you on the trip.