Jobs, errands, play dates, carpools…busy moms understand that it can be nearly impossible to find some time for themselves. However, an area that should not be ignored due to lack of time is oral hygiene. The fact is, taking a few minutes to care for your teeth will pay off big in the long run. Some helpful tips for mom’s who are constantly on the go to help keep their teeth, gums and mouth healthy are highlighted here.
Drink Enough Water
It is a good idea to keep water with you at all times. To ensure you have access to water anywhere, try keeping a full pitcher in the refrigerator, a bottle or glass by your bed and bottles in the car or in your purse. Keeping hydrated has a number of benefits, which include helping with weight loss, cleaning harmful bacteria out of the mouth and flushing away harmful toxins in the body. Also, when you drink water throughout the day, you will likely see a boost in energy and your productivity level.
You should keep travel-sized toiletry items in your purse or bag all the time. This should include mouthwash, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. If you aren’t going to be home for a while but know you need to brush your teeth, you can utilize the items you have stored away and with you. Some other useful items you may want to consider keeping on hand include sunscreen, bandages, deodorant and hand wipes. When you are prepared you will not have to worry about your teeth suffering because you are not close to home or unable to brush.
Always Keep Healthy Snacks On-Hand
When you don’t have much time, it can be tempting to use a vending machine or drive-thru for fast food. However, there is a better option. If you keep healthier snacks in your car or purse, you will always be prepared when hunger strikes. Not only are healthier items better for your waistline, they are also better for your teeth. When you keep healthy options with you, you will be able to avoid some of the plaque causing sugar that is found in most fast and processed foods.
Some snack options to consider keeping available include:
- Fresh vegetables and fruit are smart choices.
- Try to purchase healthy non-perishable food items, such as protein bars, popcorn, seaweed snacks, pretzels, and nuts.
- Try to find snacks that have at least 20 grams of protein, a low sugar content, and very few other ingredients.
When you put some thought into oral care and how to keep your teeth clean and healthy – even when your time is limited – you will quickly discover it is not as difficult as it may seem at first. With the tips highlighted here, you will be ready to go with great looking teeth and a beautiful smile. Keeping essentials such as the ones listed here on hand for kids can also be beneficial.