Posted on 10/25/2019 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
|Bad breath can sometimes happen to good people, and that can often include travelers. Traveler's breath is a real thing that can sometimes happen to people who otherwise take very good care of their oral hygiene.
How Does Bad Breath Occur While You're Traveling?There are a variety of things that can lead to this. For starters, your salivary glands have a tendency to reduce their production of saliva while you're traveling, especially when you're flying. This can allow the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which can ultimately lead to the development of bad breath.
You're also likely to alter your food intake when you're traveling. You might take more junk food and drinks, or you might end up eating food with a lot more sugar as part of your airplane meal. All of that can lead to more bacteria than usual building up in your mouth due to all the food particles and debris that you leave there.
Sometimes it isn't even caused by the food. Some people are likely to fast, whether intentionally or unintentionally, when they're traveling. This can lead to a reduction in the production of saliva, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria and bad breath.
How To Avoid Bad BreathWhile we're talking about all of that happens while you're traveling, we should probably say a thing or two about how you can avoid traveler's breath.
The solution is as simple as to not abandon your oral hygiene routine while you're traveling. You should brush and floss your teeth even while you're flying. You should also drink plenty of water to remedy the reduction in saliva production that occurs as a result. You should also preferably try to avoid foods and drinks with too much sugar.
You can also visit our office and we can recommend a mouthwash that you can use while traveling to ensure your oral hygiene is well taken care of.