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5 Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Health While Traveling

April 4, 2023

Traveling is an exciting adventure, but it can also disrupt your daily routine and make it challenging to maintain good oral health. At Apple Tree Dental, we believe that it's important to take care of your teeth and gums, no matter where you are in the world. To help you stay on top of your oral hygiene while on the go, here are five tips for maintaining good oral health while traveling.

  1. Pack the essentials

Before you hit the road, make sure you pack all the dental essentials, including your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. These items are easy to forget, but they're crucial for maintaining good oral health while traveling. Be sure to bring enough supplies to last for the duration of your trip, and consider packing an extra toothbrush or two in case you lose one or need a replacement. If you are getting on a plane, it’s usually easy to find travel sizes of toothpaste and mouthwash, but you can also buy travel containers to put your favorite products into!

  1. Be mindful of what you eat

A healthy, balanced diet is essential for good oral health, and this is especially true when you're traveling. While vacations are meant to be fun and indulging every once in a while is a good thing, if you can, try to avoid sugary, sticky, or acidic foods and drinks, as these can damage your teeth and cause cavities. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and plenty of water. If you do indulge in a sweet treat, be sure to rinse your mouth out, or brush and floss your teeth afterward.

  1. Keep up with your routine

Traveling can disrupt your daily routine, but it's important to keep up with your oral hygiene regardless. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. If this is a normal habit at home, it should be fairly easy to maintain during your trips. If you find it difficult to make time for it, try waking up five minutes earlier or setting alarms for morning and evening to remind yourself. If you're traveling with others, try coordinating your oral hygiene routines to help keep each other accountable!

  1. Protect your teeth

Accidents can happen, especially when you're traveling. To protect your teeth from damage, consider wearing a mouthguard while participating in high-impact activities like sports. If you're prone to grinding your teeth at night, be sure to bring your night guard along on your trip. This should be something you write down on your packing list to ensure that you don’t forget it!

  1. Schedule a dental checkup

Before you leave for your trip, consider scheduling a dental checkup with Apple Tree Dental. Our team can assess your oral health and identify any potential issues that could cause problems while you're traveling. We can also provide you with personalized tips and advice for maintaining good oral health while on the go.

By following these five tips, you can maintain good oral health while traveling and enjoy your trip with a healthy, beautiful smile. For more personalized advice and guidance, schedule an appointment with Apple Tree Dental today.