People travel for business and pleasure. Some enjoy it, others cannot stand it. However, one of the unpleasant things you can experience while traveling is bad breath, known also as traveler’s breath. What causes it and what can we do to avoid it? We have asked one family and cosmetic dentist in Winchester VA to share some tips with us. Let’s see what we have found out!
Decrease in the production of saliva by the salivary glands may occur while traveling. This situation increases the bacterial growth inside the mouth and eventually, bad breath is developed. This happens because most people alter their eating habits while traveling, their food intake is different than usual and in addition they ignore oral care hygiene routine. Even though if you don’t eat fast food on regular basis, the chances are your soda and fast food intake is increased while traveling. If you forget to brush your teeth afterwards, the left food particles may produce a sulfur compound, so you will experience bad breath. On the other hand, is you are fasting or hungry, which is not uncommon for frequent travelers, you can experience traveler’s breath, too. Even if you brush your teeth no matter where you are, but you don’t eat a meal for a whole day, after a while “morning mouth” will occur.
If you travel a few times a year, traveler’s breath probably is not so annoying. However, frequent flyers should try to avoid fast food, as much as possible and to use every opportunity to brush their teeth while traveling at least twice a day
*Bad breath is not the only thing regarding your dental health that can happen while traveling. While flying the friendly skies, some people experience “tooth squeeze” or barodontalgia. This condition is described as a dental pain or a toothache resulting from changes in barometric pressure during flight. In case altitude is increased, tooth squeeze may become more severe, but luckily, it disappears completely with descent. Cavities, fillings or abscesses can be the causes of this condition. It is recommended to see your dentist without delay if you experience a toothache at high altitudes to get the proper treatment.