• Keep Smiling While Camping

    Keep Smiling While Camping

    Summer is the season of adventure, and nothing says adventure like camping.  Whether you decide to head up to the mountains or over to the coast, be sure to plan ahead and follow these simple tips to keep your smile healthy and happy while away from home and out in the wilderness.


    Brushing your teeth is just as important at a campsite as it is at home, so don’t forget your toothbrush!  How you pack your toothbrush can make a difference in maintaining good oral health on your camping trip as well.  Toothbrushes are wet after you use them, and they will stay wet if you don’t dry them out properly.  A wet toothbrush is perfect environment for harboring dangerous bacteria.  Shake your toothbrush dry and store it in a place where it can completely air dry.  If you are on the move, keep it out of closed containers as much as possible.


    Believe it or not, the most important part of brushing your teeth is the brushing and not necessarily the toothpaste.  Brushing your teeth removes the plaque from your teeth, while the toothpaste further protects your teeth and leaves you with that minty-fresh feeling.   This is why some suggest leaving the toothpaste behind.  Whether or not you use toothpaste, keep in mind it can be harmful to the animals and the environment.


    Once you have brushed and swished, you should consider spraying your toothpaste instead of spitting it out.  When you spit your toothpaste out, in comes out in large amounts which can then be consumed by animals.  When you spray your toothpaste, however, you leave almost zero trace and eliminate the risk of an animal finding it and eating it.  Simply stand away from your camp ground and spray your toothpaste out like a lawn sprinkler.


    If you have chosen a family campground as your destination, consider bringing a case of water with your for brushing your teeth.  If that is not an option, you could bring a metal pot and boil your water over the campfire to sterilize it.  Make sure the water you use is safe to drink.


    If you floss, do not leave it behind (Leave Not Trace Practices).  Make sure you are taking any used floss with you and dispose of it properly when you get home.


    Another consideration for your oral health while camping includes your diet.  Sugary s’mores and trail mix are among popular camping foods which tend to contain high amounts of sugar.  Try to find time to swish your mouth with water after eating so the sugar doesn’t sit on your teeth for long periods of time.  If you can, brush your teeth after every meal and avoid excessive snacking throughout the day. Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your camping menu.

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