Planning an upcoming trip? Whether you’re traveling be for business or pleasure, keeping up with dental care while you’re away is important. Still, maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits while on-the-go isn’t always easy; that’s why we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you plan accordingly.
Okay, so it might not be practical to dig out your entire toiletry kit while you’re at a rest stop or in an airport restroom. You can still make keeping up with brushing and other dental hygiene habits easier, though, by carrying travel-size products along with you in a purse or carry-on bag. A travel-size toothbrush (with carrying case), toothpaste, and small bottle of mouthwash can easily fit in a small bag, which means you have no excuse to skip brushing (or at least rinsing) while on-the-go!
One of the biggest faux pas travelers commit is forgetting (or intentionally deciding not) to floss. After all, who has the time? Actually, it only takes about 30 seconds to thoroughly floss, which is less time than it takes to post a Facebook status update, so don’t use traveling as an excuse to take a vacation from this important oral health habit. To make flossing a little easier and more convenient, consider packing a small baggy of dental floss picks for easy on-the-go flossing.
While traveling, there may be times when you simply don’t have access to a sink to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth. It happens. The best thing you can do here is to avoid eating or drinking anything with high amounts of sugar, and to rinse your food down with water when you get the chance. This will help to rid your mouth of at least some of the decay-causing bacteria until you get a chance to brush and floss.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to head off on your next trip without neglecting your teeth in the process. And while you’re at it, why not schedule your next dental cleaning and exam with us before your trip? Safe travels!