Whether you travel for work or pleasure, when you’re on the move you don’t always have time to brush your teeth properly. You may be busy lunching out with friends or colleagues, attending after-hours networking events, or playing tourist while on vacation with your family.
The good news is that even with a hectic lifestyle you can still keep your teeth healthy and clean.
Here are some easy ways you can take care of your teeth (and keep your breath fresh) while you’re busy traveling for work or pleasure.
Travel-sized. After a meal or long flight, a quick brush is in order. Carry a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss set with you in your carry-on bag, purse, or car. This makes it easy to take a quick moment to brush your teeth before the next event on your schedule.
Pick Pocket. It’s recommended by the American Dental Association to floss between your teeth twice a day. Another great way to keep your teeth clean is by using travel toothpicks! Some restaurants and hotels have them on hand, so carry a few with you for when you really need them while on the road.
Carry Wisps. A small toothbrush with a liquid-filled bead inside is a great option for your next vacation, because you don’t need any water to use the Whisp, which makes it ultra handy when you don’t have a sink nearby. Perfect for camping trips and road trips!
Sugar-free Gum. Chewing a sugar-free gum after meals can increase saliva production in your mouth, helping to sweep food particles out of your mouth. Also, you can satisy your sweet tooth while avoiding sugary snacks after travel meals.
Water. If you aren’t quite prepared with a dental travel kit, yet still want to step-up your oral hygiene game, an easy solution is to rinse your mouth with clean water. Simply swish as if you were using mouthwash to dislodge any stubborn food particles in your mouth. You’ll stay hydrated while helping your mouth stay clean between meals.
So, while these ideas work well while traveling, you still should aim to brush for at least two minutes twice a day. And, for the best dental hygiene, visit your dentist twice per year for a professional examination and cleaning.
Contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment, and we hope these tips are helpful in planning your next vacation!