Whether you’re heading off for vacation or a business trip, it’s still important you take care of your teeth. Although this may sound difficult to do, it’s actually easy. If you’re wondering what it will take to keep your teeth in great shape while you’re traveling, keep these few tips in mind.
Have Your Supplies Handy
If you embark on a long road trip, keep your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in the glove compartment. This way, you won’t have an excuse to not brush and floss after spending time at a rest stop eating and stretching your legs.
Nix the Toothbrush Travel Case
While it sounds like a good idea to keep your toothbrush in a travel case, it’s actually an open invitation to let bacteria start growing on your toothbrush bristles. Rather than put a wet toothbrush in a travel case, let it air-dry before putting it away.
Take Advantage of Carry-On Luggage
If you are getting on a plane and have your toothbrush and other supplies packed in your check-in luggage, you’ll have no chance to brush your teeth during your flight or while waiting around on a layover. Instead, take advantage of what you can have with you in carry-on luggage. Along with your floss and toothbrush, you can keep a travel-sized tube of toothpaste with you in a Ziploc bag, ensuring you’ll be able to brush and floss whenever you want.
Visit the Dentist Before Your Trip
If it’s been a bit between dental appointments or if you are experiencing any kinds of problems with your teeth, see your dentist before you leave. After all, you don’t want a toothache, loose tooth or filling, or other problems to spoil your vacation or business trip. If you’re flying to your destination and have had recent fillings or other restorative treatments, make it a priority to see your dentist. In some cases, extreme altitudes can cause pain and inflammation or even lead to fillings, dentures, or crown loosening.
Keep Your Routine
Whether you traveling for business or pleasure, continue your routine of brushing twice per day and flossing once per day.
By taking care of your teeth while traveling, you’ll have a beautiful smile to show your friends and family upon your return.