Keep Teeth Healthy While Traveling

Keep Teeth Healthy While Traveling

Summer is a popular time for many families to take vacations. Whether you’re traveling out of the state (or even the country) or just taking a “stay-cation” somewhere close by, it’s easy to let good oral hygiene habits fall to the wayside when you’re only thinking of fun and relaxation. Even if it’s just for a few days, it can affect your oral health. Follow these tips to make sure that your mouth stays healthy while you’re on vacation.

Eat healthy snacks.

It’s too easy to stock up on junk food on the way to the airport or on a pit stop during a road trip. Sugary treats are well-known to be bad for teeth, especially if you’re on the go and can’t always brush when you’re supposed to. Avoid this pitfall by planning ahead and packing healthy snacks. Prepare bags of baby carrots and broccoli to take care of the munchies. Cut-up fruits and veggies are more kid-friendly snacks. Instead of cracking open a soda or even boxed fruit juice, choose water instead.

Take a brushing break.

To make traveling easier, make sure each member of the family has his or her own travel toothbrush. If you’re on the road for long stretches at a time and your schedule is thrown off a little, use a few of those many pit stops as an opportunity to clean your teeth. Just give your teeth a quick brush and rinse.

End the day with a thorough cleaning.

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, whether it’s a hotel room or a friend or family member’s house, make sure that everyone in the family takes care of their teeth. Everyone needs to brush and floss properly, especially after a day of travel. Not only will doing this keep your teeth clean and healthy, but it can bring some calm after what may have been a hectic day.