Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling

Oral_HealthIt’s June, and many folks are taking to the roads and the skies on vacation. Other people have to travel for business on a regular basis, regardless of the season. While getting out of your usual routine can be refreshing, one set of habits that is important to not leave at home is your oral health regimen.

Here are some tips for keeping your smile bright, no matter how often you travel.

Travel Tips for Awesome Oral Health

  1. Keep your dental supplies close at hand. If you’re going to be on the road in your car, put a kit with floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush in your glove compartment. If you’re flying, keep your dental kit with you, rather than in checked baggage, so you can clean your teeth during layovers or even during your flight. If you forget your oral health supplies, some hotels will provide you with replacements.
  2. Pack and care for your toothbrush properly. Whether you bring along your home toothbrush or carry a smaller travel-sized brush on your trip, make sure it is packed so it isn’t rolling around uncovered in your suitcase. You can use a travel case to cover the brush when you’re on the road, but let the brush air-dry after using it, or you will risk bacterial growth by creating a chronically moist environment by putting on the case before it is dry.
  3. Set a regular schedule for flossing and brushing. It’s true that when you’re traveling, you may end up eating and sleeping at erratic times. But to make sure you keep up your twice-daily oral health regimen, plan to brush and floss first thing in the morning, as well as right before you go to bed.
  4. Drink plenty of water. No matter when you travel, drinking lots of water will keep your teeth and gums well hydrated and free of food debris and staining liquids.
  5. Make sure your teeth are prepared for a long journey. Visit the dentist before you leave on your trip if you have any oral health issues that need attention. You can check your travel insurance policy to see if emergency dental referrals are included if you chip or crack a tooth overseas, or need other oral health issues addressed immediately.

“Having an oral health issue during vacation is a painful, and unnecessary, distraction,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “Keep up with your hygiene regimen and plan ahead, and your teeth will shine bright throughout your journey!”

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