If you and your family plan to take any trips this summer, be sure to make time for your dental health.
Whether you are exploring a spot you’ve never visited before or traveling to a familiar destination, keep your mouth healthy with these tips from the American Dental Association:
#1 Plan ahead.
You never know what might occur along your travels, so keeping your dentist’s number within reach is always a good idea.
Also, you may want to schedule your dental appointment before heading off on vacation. This way your dentist can warn you of any needs you might need to address or make health recommendations related to your chosen destination.
#2 Take care of your toothbrush.
Packing your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss is a must. If you happen to forget these items, it’s essential that you find a temporary replacement that sufficiently cleans your teeth. Should you find yourself in this position, do not skimp (no matter how tempted you might be).
In terms of keeping a clean toothbrush, simply use a plastic re-sealable bag for transportation.
#3 Pack some back-up.
As you travel, bringing along some chewing gum (sugarless and ADA approved of course!) may come in handy.
Not only can this help to keep bad breath at bay, but also can assist with the pressure inside your ears on an airplane flight, as well as boosting saliva flow inside your mouth if you chew this after meals.
#4 Clean water=clean mouth
Though you may take it for granted while at home, clean water is essential to dental health. Whether you are on a trek through the wilderness, in a different country, or some other circumstance in which water cleanliness may be compromised, use bottled water.
Clean water is not only important for proper teeth cleaning, but also disease-prevention, so make sure you do your research on your travel destination.
#5 Don’t let your routine slip.
Proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing is key to your dental health. Try not to let your travels get in the way of this priority.
If you happen to let your dental routine slip here or there while traveling, do not let this inconsistency linger. Whether you are at home or away, prioritize your dental health.