In the same way, it can be difficult to eat healthily and exercise while on vacation, good dental habits can also be difficult to maintain while traveling. Whether it’s long flights, time changes, or if you’re just indulging and relaxing more than you typically do, brushing and flossing tend to slip down the list of priorities. Still, protecting your teeth is a full-time job, and dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them. No matter if you’re on the road, or if you’re mid-vacation, these are some of our favorite tips for keeping your teeth clean while traveling.
1. Pack With Your Teeth in Mind
The anticipation of a vacation begins when you start packing. In that suitcase you can gain a better understanding of what your days will look like, what activities you’ll partake in, and what you’ll wear. While planning out your trip, take some time to think about your teeth. When you’re at home, your toothbrush air dries after use, which is one of the ways it stays clean. When you’re travelling, your toothbrush often gets thrown into a travel case after use, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Resealable plastic bags are a good way to keep your toothbrush separate from the rest of the items in your bag and to promote cleanliness. It’s also important to make sure your toothbrush gets packed in a carry-on bag, so that even in the event of lost luggage you can still have a clean smile.
2. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Sugar-free gum is a staple in travel bags. Not only can it assist with pain associated with “airplane ear” (stress on the eardrum from changes in altitude) it’s also a great way to keep your teeth clean on the go. Chewing gum promotes saliva production that washes away excess plaque, and while it’s no substitution for brushing, it can definitely help you maintain a clean mouth on long travel days.
3. Drink Water
Air travel can be dehydrating for the body which can lead to dry skin, fatigue, and higher levels of bacteria in your mouth. Keep excess bacteria at bay by drinking water and staying hydrated while you travel. Your whole body will thank you!
4. Have a Dental Emergency Plan
It’s always a good idea to have a plan in mind in case of an emergency, and that includes a dental emergency as well. Keep a card with Ashley Dental’s contact information on it so you can reach out to us. We can walk you through the steps you need to take or give you temporary solutions until you’re able to give us a visit. If you’re overseas, consult the US embassy in the country you’re visiting to get a recommendation.
5. Brush Well
After a long day of travelling, you may have missed your normal brushing time, or have gone an extended period of time without brushing your teeth at all. When you reach your final destination, spend a little extra time brushing and flossing to make up for the lost time and to get your mouth fresh and clean.
6. Eat Healthy Snacks
Whether you’re on the road or in the air, healthy snacks are the best travel snacks when it comes to total body wellness. Raw fruits and veggies have the ability to scrape away excess plaque and clean off your teeth while you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs.
7. Get Back on Track
Vacations are meant to enjoy some well-deserved fun and relaxation. We understand if your good dental practices slip a little while you’re out of town, just as long as you return to your typical routine once you return.
For anything dental-related, including the best way to keep your teeth clean while traveling, contact Ashley Dental Associates. If you have a trip coming up, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us so we can help prevent dental problems before they become a larger issue. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (843) 767-2600.