One of the best parts of summer is taking a vacation and enjoying the beautiful weather. While summer vacations are a lot of fun, they also tend to make keeping your dental hygiene routine difficult. If you plan to travel this summer, make sure to keep your gums and teeth healthy by regularly brushing and flossing while you’re away from home.
Here are some additional tips to make practicing dental hygiene a little easier while traveling.
Keep Your Toothbrush Dry
Use a toothbrush holder to keep your toothbrush clean and dry. If moisture sits on your toothbrush for too long, it can cause bacteria to grow. Ideally, you should use a large container that easily circulates air.
Toothbrush holders can also protect your toothbrush bristles from getting bent or damaged in your luggage. You may also want to remove your toothbrush from the holder once you have reached your destination.
Use Travel-Size Oral Hygiene Items
You can easily carry oral hygiene items with you if you use travel-size containers. These compact containers are ideal for long trips on the road or on airplanes. Before your trip, purchase a miniature toothpaste tube, a foldable toothbrush and small mouthwash container.
If you are travelling to a place where you won’t have clean water readily available, don’t use the water to brush your teeth. Instead, use treated or bottled water to brush your teeth with.
In addition, pack an extra toothbrush in case you lose your original toothbrush. Some hotels do provide complimentary toothbrushes to guests. However, these toothbrushes at hotels are often firm or stiff, and you may prefer a softer toothbrush for your teeth. Keep one toothbrush with you in a purse or backpack and the extra toothbrush in your overnight bag.
Limit the Amount of Sweets You Eat
Many people change their normal eating habits while on vacation. In fact, you may tend to indulge on extra desserts and sweets while you’re away. However, these sugary treats can damage your teeth. For instance, residual sugar can lead to cavities.
Too much sugar can also stain your teeth. Avoid foods and drinks that can discolour your teeth, such as berries, coffee, chocolate and wine. You don’t have to completely cut out these foods, but do your best to limit how much you eat each day. If you do decide to indulge in sweets, make sure to clean your teeth soon afterwards to avoid any issues.
Chew on Sugar-Free Gum
If you don’t have a chance to brush and floss while travelling, you may benefit from chewing gum. Chew sugar-free gum to keep your teeth clean after eating. If you don’t like gum, you can try xylitol mints instead.
Gum and mints encourage saliva production, prevent food particles from sticking to your teeth and keep your breath smelling fresh. Some medical studies even suggest that chewing gum is almost as effective as flossing. If you run out of gum or mints, you can also rinse your mouth with water after you eat.
Visit the Dentist Before Your Vacation
Summer vacations are also a great time to also schedule dental appointments. When you visit the dentist before your vacation, you can enjoy your trip knowing you have a clean, white smile for all of your pictures.
If you schedule dental appointments before vacations, you can also help your children get excited about visiting the dentist. For instance, you can remind your kids that the vacation will be after they visit the dentist. By pairing the two, the excitement of a vacation can help children relax during their appointments.
Do your best to incorporate these tips during your vacation to keep your teeth healthy this summer. You can also talk to your dentist for more oral hygiene tips and tricks.