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What is Causing Your Traveler's Breath?

Posted on 4/25/2016 by Zac Bird
A woman suffering from chronic bad breath.If you travel frequently for work, you know that it can be exhausting. Countless hours spent in airports, on planes, and traveling on other modes of public transportation can make it hard to always maintain your best oral hygiene routine, and unfortunately, a condition known as traveler's breath can result.

This is something that you'll likely notice after a long flight, and before your big meeting, you'll want to do something about it.

Bad breath while traveling is common, and it all has to do with the salivary glands. These glands seem to slow down their saliva production, and as a result, bacteria are able to grow inside of the mouth, causing bad breath.

Additionally, travelers tend to eat unhealthy food when visiting airports and flying, and oral care often gets put on the back burner. These habits only make stinky traveler's breath worse.

Other frequent fliers attempt to avoid the unhealthy food choices in airports by fasting, or they could simply be too preoccupied with work to take time out to eat.

Unfortunately, even if you brushed your teeth right away in the morning and didn't eat anything else, you can still get bad breath later in the day. If you aren't staying hydrated, dry mouth will creep up on you and cause that foul traveler's breath stench.

One other problem that sometimes affects travelers is a condition known as "tooth squeeze." This is used to describe dental pain or a toothache that occurs when there is a change in barometric pressure while flying.

As altitude increases, the pain often gets stronger, but descending almost always brings relief. Common causes of this problem are filings, cavities, and dental abscesses, so if you have a toothache when in the air, please contact our office for an exam and treatment as soon as you return home.

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