The last couple of months of the year are one of the busiest travel seasons. Do you have plans to hit the road (or the air) to go visit family or friends? Before you take off, you should pause to consider how you are going to care for your teeth and gums while you are away from home. What can you do to maintain a healthy smile while traveling? Here are some useful tips:
Visit Your Dentist
Before you depart on your trip, it would be wise to schedule a checkup with your dentist. They can identify any oral health issues that have the potential to worsen in the near future. If you receive treatment before you leave, you will not have to worry about a dental emergency putting a damper on your vacation!
Take Care of Your Toothbrush
Storing your toothbrush in a small container can protect it from collecting lint and bacteria while it is in your suitcase. However, once you arrive at your destination, you should leave your brush exposed to air between uses. Otherwise, lingering moisture could help bacteria to multiply and make your toothbrush unsanitary.
Another option is to bring along some disposable toothbrushes. They may be particularly useful when you are in the airport or in other places where you will not have a chance to let your toothbrush dry between uses.
Keep Brushing (Even if You Do Not Have Toothpaste)
Packing can be a hectic endeavor, so it is understandable that some people forget to pack their toothpaste. If that happens to you, and you cannot run to the nearest convenience store to buy some, brush your teeth anyway. Brushing without toothpaste is better than not brushing at all!
Mind Your Diet
Trying new foods is one of the best things about going on vacation. However, moderation is still in order. Overdoing it on sugary or hard foods might harm your oral health. When you do have a rich dessert or other treat, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Learn about the Water
If you are traveling to another country, find out beforehand if the tap water is safe to drink. Even brushing your teeth with contaminated water could cause you to become sick, so if you need to brush with bottled water, be sure to do so!
Do Not Forget to Floss
Flossing should be done at least once a day. Throw some floss or floss picks into your suitcase so you can easily remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth.
Your teeth are a valuable asset that deserve to be protected! Use the above tips to maintain a healthy smile while you are away from home.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Joshua Holcomb is an experienced, kind dentist who is eager to put his skills to work for the Collierville community. He specializes in treating patients who are nervous or uneasy about dental care. If you would like Dr. Holcomb’s advice or assistance as you seek to take care of your smile, contact our practice at 901-850-0300.