Oral Hygiene Kit for Travellers

Overview

Did you put away your passport, camera and all the necessary clothing for your next trip? This can be quite stressful because you don’t want to forget anything be it important documents or credit cards and all the money you need to pay for everything. Do not forget to bring what you need to brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean. In this article, I am recommending few oral hygiene items for the travellers so that you can create a perfect kit to keep you smiling throughout your trip.

Dental floss

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Flossing is not only important when at home but also when you are far away from home. In case your trip lasts for a few weeks and if you don’t floss during all that time then you are at higher risk to develop gum diseases and also cavities between your teeth. Hence, it is significant that you always carry the dental floss with you while travelling. It can also be handy for removing the fibrous foods that stuck between your teeth after meal!

Bear in mind that if the spaces between your teeth are tight then waxed floss can be easier to use.

Toothbrush

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Toothbrush has been the basic device for oral hygiene for centuries as it removes most of the food debris and dental plaque. Its cleaning action is well completed when you floss right after. An electric toothbrush can clean your teeth better especially if you have braces on. Also do not forget to put the charger in your luggage along with rest of the stuff. In case you have to buy a new toothbrush during your trip, remember to get a soft or an ultra-soft one.

Toothpaste

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You can always buy toothpaste from wherever you are travelling to. Each supermarket of every country should have a variety of toothpastes to choose from. However, some travellers have preferences in the toothpaste they like, be it the taste or if they want a tooth sensitivity fighter, it is better off to bring your own.

Keep in mind that big tube of over 100 ml toothpaste cannot be kept with you on an airplane, as it has to stay in the checked in luggage.

Sugarless gum

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Sometimes you will eat a snack or you want to try local food but you cannot brush and floss right after. Chew on a sugarless gum for 10 minutes after a meal. This will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth which is a natural cleaner. It also reduces the acidity of the mouth, making it a less cavity prone environment. However, it does not replace brushing and flossing, instead it is a temporary salutation that makes your breath fresher.

Interdental brush such as the Proxabrush

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If you have braces on your teeth or you have receeding gums then it is a good idea to have an interdental brush always with you. They are small and manufactured by several companies such as Gum for the Proxabrush. Sometimes even a floss or an electric toothbrush doesn’t remove rice or a tiny piece of food stuck in between your tooth and wire, an interdental brush can do wonders in such cases.

Bottom line

Don’t let a dental issue become the lasting memory of your vacation. There is no better way to ensure a healthy mouth before, during and after your holiday than taking care of your teeth just as you do at your home. Remember that while travelling that all of the usual at home rules apply- avoid sugar and no matter what stick with your regular oral hygiene routine. If you splurge on the sweet sugary drinks or make s’mores around campfire then ensure sensible oral hygiene such as drinking lots of water, brushing and flossing to get the sticky stuff off, even chewing gum as these will help to keep teeth in top form. No matter how often you travel, you can always end your day on a minty fresh, healthy note with a little bit of effort. Maintaining dental hygiene on the road can be quite challenging. Therefore carrying the routine on the road is essential to stave off any dental issues down the road.

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Dental Health and Root Canals: Special Packages at Indian Health Guru

Overview

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a tooth which is badly decayed or becomes infected. During this procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. Root canal describes the natural cavity within the center of the tooth and the pulp or pulp chamber is the soft region within the root canal. The nerve of the tooth lies within the root canal which is vital for a tooth’s health and function after it has emerged through the gums. Its function is sensory i.e. to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day to day functioning of the tooth.

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Why Does Tooth Pulp Need to Be Removed?

When the tooth pulp or nerve tissue gets damaged, it breaks down and starts to multiply within the pulp chamber. The decayed debris and bacteria causes abscesses or an infected tooth. Other tooth issues caused by damaged tooth pulp are:

  • Drainage into the cheek, gums and skin
  • Bone loss around the tip of the root
  • Swelling of the face, head or neck

What Damages a Tooth’s Nerve and Pulp in the First Place?

There are several ways in which the pulp or nerve of a tooth gets inflamed, infected or irritated. A crack or chip in the tooth, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, deep decay, and/or large fillings or trauma to the face are the causes for damaging a tooth’s nerve and pulp.

How Successful Are Root Canals?

The root canals are highly successful treatment since the procedure has over 95% success rate. Most teeth fixed with a root canal can last over a lifetime. Further, since the final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration such as a crown or a filling, it will not be obvious to the onlookers that a root canal was performed.

Complications of a Root Canal

Despite the best efforts by your dentist to clean and seal a tooth new infections might emerge post a root canal treatment. The most likely reasons for this include:

  • An undetected crack in the root of the tooth
  • More than normally anticipated number of root canal in the tooth
  • A breakdown of the inner sealing material over time which allows the bacteria to re-contaminate the inner aspects of the tooth
  • A defective or inadequate dental restoration that allows the bacteria to get past the restoration into the inner aspects of the tooth thereby re-contaminate it

Cost of a Root Canal

The cost of a root canal varies depending on how severe the problem is and the tooth gets affected. Most dental insurance policies cover the endodontic treatments. We are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation which will allow us to give you estimation for the cost of root canal treatment in India. The special packages for root canal treatment in India at Indian Healthguru Consultants is quite affordable compared to the cost of treatment in the West.

Root Canal Prevention

You can prevent a root canal by using good oral hygiene such as flossing and brushing. Visit your dentist regularly so that if he/she detects a cavity, then it can be fixed with a filling as soon as possible. Otherwise, a cavity will become bigger over time and this can lead to an abscessed tooth which should be treated with a root canal. Trauma caused from a sports-related injury can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard.

Bottom Line

With proper care, a treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime. Root canals have a high success rate. Few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal includes practising good oral hygiene, visiting dentist regularly, avoiding to chew on hard foods as they cause the teeth to break and can harm the root canals. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Take care of your teeth to prevent future problems. Get cleanings and examinations done by your dentists and hygienists.

Indian Healthguru Consultants have been a pioneer to provide assistance to the global patients seeking their root canal treatment in India. Get in touch with Indian HealthGuru Consultants, and together we can see if root canal treatment is right for you.

Why Maintaining a Good Dental Hygiene Is Important

Taking a good care of your oral health can help your gums and teeth in a right shape. It has a number of benefits, which include not just preventing the bad breath or tooth decay but also averts other issues. As per research, one can find new reason to brush and floss as it can keep you away from a number of health issues or conditions. Let’s check how to maintain a good dental hygiene and why it is so important:

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What is Good Oral Hygiene?

A good oral hygiene can promise a number of features, which are as under:

  • You have clean teeth and are free from the debris
  • These are pink gums having no sign of swelling and bleeding once you floss or brush
  • Bad breath never touches you

Though it can be a common knowledge, which the poor dental hygiene that can create tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. It can even account for far very much deadly diseases rather than we could ever thought of having.
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As per the New York University researchers, there is a link in between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease after a research of two decades. Similar research studies also claimed that that patients with Alzheimer issues were seen having dental issues like bad breath and gum problems and cavities.

Heart Diseases

It is a known fact that a good oral health simply paves good way towards a healthy heart. As per the reports of University of Bristol based in UK wherein they concluded that with bleeding gums simply resulted to bad dental hygiene that was carried out with the risk of having heart problems. This simply occurs owing to the cavities present over the mouth and then entering the over the blood stream and sticking to platelets that is seen forming blood clots and creating other issues of heart attack.

Pancreatic Cancer

As per research studies in Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, there is a link in between periodontitis, which is a type of gum disease and the dreaded disease of pancreatic cancer. The studies claimed that around 64 percent of people are seen pancreatic cancer as they had the gum disease history as compared to the others.

Type-2 Diabetes

The connection of mouth and body simply manifests itself over the stronger kind of forms over the links found in between diabetes and periodontitis. As per medical researchers simply indicate the kind of inflammation over the mouth that simply make the body capability weak to get reduced the blood sugar, which can lead to issues like Type 2 Diabetes. The periodontal disease simply exacerbates diabetes as the inflammation is seen diminishing the ability of body in order to harness insulin.

How can I protect my oral health?

When it comes to protecting the oral health there several tips, which can help you a lot, which are as under:

  • Make sure you brush your teeth at least two times for not less than 5 minutes as recommended by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
  • Make sure you floss on a daily basis, if you fail to do so; you are going to miss 34 percent of your teeth un-cleaned.
  • Have a healthy diet along with limiting the between the meal snacks and unhealthy foods and soda and can damage your teeth enamel and thus make the same more prone to sensitivity.
  • Make sure you replace your toothbrush once in every 3-4 months or soon you find its bristles are frayed state. Also, keep in mind to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis and especially when you are seen sick to remain healthy.
  • Also, schedule for your dental check-ups once or twice in a year as avoiding the same would cost you more.
  • Do avoid the cigarettes or chewing tobacco, as these can contribute to gum diseases and even bring in oral cancer.

Final Verdict

Having a good oral heath can help you a lot along with averting other medical ailments once for all. However, avoiding the same can bring in other issues.
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