Taking care of your teeth when you’re travelling sounds pretty routine. In reality, it’s easier said than done. If you’re taking a long road trip or if you’re doing a lot of eating during your excursion, the flossing and brushing you’d normally be doing at home may fall by the wayside. Yet there are a few good habits that you can pack along with you that will help you stay on the path of good oral health.
In the days leading up to that week you have circled on your calendar, you should make it a point to circle one more calendar date – the one that gets you to your dentist’s office. Scheduling a pre-trip dental appointment can not only ensure your teeth are clean for the journey ahead, it will also help you spot various oral issues that you may have going on. It’s better to spot the origins of a tooth issue before a trip than it is to feel the full brunt of the problem in the middle of your vacation.
The Power of Travel-Sized Items
Chances are, you don’t want your amenities to dominate your luggage or carry-on space. This is why investing in some travel-sized oral care materials are a great idea. Picking up items like a foldable toothbrush, a trial sized toothpaste, or a mini bottle of mouthwash will provide you with the same protection that you’d get at home without things getting too bulky. In fact, they’re so small and relatively inexpensive, it may behoove you to purchase and pack more than one, just in case something gets lost.
Eating Healthy During a Road Trip
If you’ve ever been on a road trip that lasts more than a couple of hours, chances are you’ll feel the need to snack. This is particularly the case if you’re traveling with children, who may view grazing on a few snacks as a means of fighting boredom.
This doesn’t automatically mean that your car or minivan is going to be stocked with bad-for-you treats that can do damage to your family’s chompers. Be sure to pack healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and water and skip the sugary stuff and the boxed fruit juices. This will help preserve your family’s oral health, simply because you won’t have the bacteria stemming from the acids and sugars from unhealthy snacks settling in on your teeth. Not only that, you won’t be loading your kids up with sugar. If you’re on an extended road trip, this is reason alone to pack healthy stuff.
Take Advantage of Potty Breaks
There will be times on your road trip where you’ll have to stop and go to the restroom or stretch your legs. These stops are the perfect time to break out your travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash and take care of business. It’s also prime time to handle your flossing needs. All you need is a disposable floss stick, and you’re good to go.
When You Finally Arrive
Congratulations! You’ve made it to your destination. But don’t collapse on your bed just yet. When you arrive at Point B, make sure you do a thorough brushing and flossing of teeth along with a good rinse of the mouthwash. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll want to give their brushing habits a little extra scrutiny to make sure they did a good job.
A Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Trip
Whether you’re on the road for business or for pleasure, travelling is a lot of work. Because of this, it may be easy to neglect the health-related obligation you have to your mouth. However, through careful planning and strategy, taking care of your oral hygiene while on the road can integrate into your schedule without too much difficulty.