When you’re out and about shopping, attending classes, or heading to the office, the last thing on your mind is dental health. This is a mistake, given the relation between oral health and the rest of the body. Maintaining healthy teeth can also mean the difference between developing heart disease and other deadly conditions later in life, so keeping your teeth clean despite a busy schedule is not just prudent, but necessary, and actually much simpler than you think.

You Are What You Eat

One of the easiest things to control despite your schedule is your diet. Nutrition plays a huge role in dental health, and once you learn what foods to avoid and which foods support dental health, it’s easy to plan a basic menu. If that seems out of reach, the simplest step is to replace tooth damaging snacks with healthier options. When it comes to Montgomery dental health, sugar and starches are the enemy. Candy bars, potato chips, and other grab-and-go foods are certainly convenient on a busy schedule, but over time they will take their toll on your oral health. Individual cheese sticks, single-serve packages of nuts, and low-sugar granola bars are just as convenient but lack the ingredients that lead to tooth decay. Keeping a few in your work desk will help curb your desire to visit the vending machine. Plan and shop for tooth-health snacks over the weekend so you’ll have a stockpile during the busy workweek.

Tools of the Trade

Just as you’d keep an emergency kit in your car in case of an auto accident, you should also add a few dental essentials to your purse, backpack, or even the trunk of your car. If you are following the conventional medical advice, brushing your teeth should only take two minutes, a paltry amount of time for even the busiest person. Taking the time on bathroom or lunch breaks to brush and floss will not only give you fresh breath throughout the work day, but it will also prevent the formation of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Your local grocery store or pharmacy should carry travel sized mouthwash and toothpaste, along with a travel case to protect your tooth brush. To save even more space, consider buying a pack of disposable floss handles instead of packing an entire spool. Long term prevention is always preferable than waiting to the last minute, as trying to fit in an emergency dental appointment is bound to disrupt your schedule.

Regular Appointments

No matter how well you clean your teeth and avoid sugary foods, there are simply some oral health issues that your regimen will not prevent, making regular cleanings vital. Having a dentist you’re comfortable with is just as important as choosing a family doctor, and if you’ve already done this, you’re probably accustomed to receiving notices indicating it is time for a cleaning. Keep these appointments at all costs. Your dentist notifies you at regular intervals, typically every three to six months, so their predictability makes them easy to schedule around no matter how busy you may be. Likewise, consistently showing up for cleanings means you are unlikely to encounter sudden or unexpected dental emergencies that can throw your carefully planned schedule out the window.

Stay Vigilant

Sudden dental emergencies are far more disruptive to your schedule than integrating oral health measures into your daily routine, so be prudent. Keep your cleaning appointments, plan tooth-healthy meals and snacks over the weekend, and keep a simple kit on hand for brushing your teeth on the go. These small changes cost little time and can be easily added to even the most busy schedule.

Author's Bio: 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.