Posted on: 20 April 2017Share
Hiking and camping are a great way to enjoy the wonders of Australia. However, if you are planning to go away on a trip which will last a few days, you should make sure you think about how you will protect your dental health. Below is a guide to 4 steps you can take to protect your oral health during your next camping trip.
Pack a full-size toothbrush
If you are planning to hike some distance, you will no doubt be thinking about the weight of your backpack. However, you should avoid the temptation to pack a travel-sized toothbrush in order to save a little weight. Travel-sized toothbrushes do not provide the same reach as a full-sized brush, which makes it much more difficult to reach your back teeth.
Do not swallow toothpaste
Because you will not have access to a sink and running water in the Australian bush, you may be planning to swallow the toothpaste which is left in your mouth after brushing. However, you should avoid doing this as it can lead to an upset stomach. The best way to deal with the foamy toothpaste in your mouth is to spit it out onto a piece of tissue. This tissue will absorb the majority of the paste and can then be easily disposed of.
Chew gum as you walk
If you are hiking, you will need plenty of snacks to keep your energy levels up. Unfortunately, a lot of the foods which are favoured such as boiled sweets, energy drinks and protein bars contain high levels of sugar which can lead to increased tooth decay. By chewing gum during your hiking and camping trip, you can increase the amount of saliva produced by the glands in your mouth, which will help to protect your teeth and gums from damage and decay.
Pack dental floss
While some people think of dental floss as a luxury item which only belongs in the bathroom cabinet, there is no reason you cannot bring a box of it on your hiking trip. Floss can help to remove any debris which has built up between your teeth during the day. It can also be used to make repairs to your camping and hiking gear in an emergency situation.
If you would like further tips about how you can maintain your dental health on your next camping and hiking trip, you should contact family dentist services.