Toothbrush Travel Tips

Don't let your summer vacation deter your dental routine.

Don’t let your summer vacation deter your dental routine.

Winter in Arizona may not be a snowy wonderland, but when summertime rolls around you might feel a bit of wanderlust. But as fun as they are, vacations can disrupt your oral health care routine.

Being away from home can make it easier to neglect your oral health and may take a toll on your teeth. So remember, while you travel, you don’t have to take a vacation from good oral hygiene. Below are some tips to help easily keep your family’s teeth clean and healthy while on the road.

Pack properly
Be sure to pack extra travel toothbrushes, paste and floss where you can get to them easily. In case you wake up in-transit or lose your luggage, you will still have easy access to oral health care.

Protect your toothbrush
Toothbrush caps are great for protecting brush bristles from germs and damage in your bag. Once you arrive at your destination though, it’s best to uncap. Covering wet bristles can trap moisture and encourage bacteria growth.

Bring disposable products
If you will be traveling in a place where you won’t have access to clean water or a sink, taking steps to clean your teeth are still important. Be sure to pack floss and look for products like disposable toothbrushes or tooth wipes, which don’t require paste or water.

Watch what you eat
While on vacation, people tend to change their eating habits and indulge more. The increased exposure to sugar can affect your teeth. Try to limit the number of times your family enjoys sweets while away from home.

Pack healthy snacks
Pack a cooler or bag of snacks, but be selective. Choose tooth-friendly foods like baby carrots, celery and apples or healthy snacks like string cheese, yogurt tubes, whole grain crackers or plain nuts. Pass on soda and sugary drinks and opt for water or sugar-free beverages instead.

Try treats for your teeth
Chew sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol on long flights or car rides to help stimulate saliva production and rinse away food particles.

Rinse with water
Even if all you have is water, rinsing well after eating or drinking can help rinse away sugars – until you are able to brush.

Do you have more traveling tips? Leave them in the comments!

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One Response to “Toothbrush Travel Tips”

  1. Georgia B
    11/07/2016 at 12:15 pm #

    I had never thought about how gum stimulates saliva which helps to keep your mouth clean! I always have gum with me on trips to keep my breath fresh–there’s nothing worse than bad breath in an enclosed space like an airplane. However, now I know to use it to help keep my mouth clean! Thanks for the tip!

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