Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you want to make sure that you’re prepared to take care of your smile while you’re away from home.
In many ways, good oral hygiene practices are the same whether you’re in your home or a hotel. However, you may need to take extra steps to be prepared so that you can brush and floss adequately while you’re away.
Before you travel, check in with your dentist for an exam if you’re due for one. It can be helpful just to touch base for some tips as well.
Taking Care Of Your Teeth On The Road
Although many elements of a good oral hygiene routine are the same at home and away, there are a few considerations for brushing and flossing while you travel:
- Store your toothbrush properly. You may not be able to let it air dry as you would at home. A good alternative is to keep it in a plastic bag so that it doesn’t come into contact with other items in your luggage but still has room to breathe.
- Use bottled water to brush your teeth if you’re in a foreign country. If your toothbrush gets contaminated by local water, replace it as soon as possible.
- Keep the contact information for your dentist handy in case of emergency. If you’re travelling internationally and you experience an urgent dental issue, go to the U.S. Consulate for guidance on local dental care.
Planning Ahead Is The Key To Success
If you want to take good care of your smile while you’re out of town, you need to be sure to pack all of the tools and supplies that you need to do so. Pick up a travel toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste at your local drugstore so that there’s ample room in your luggage.
Also, if you use mouthwash, transfer some into a three-ounce bottle that meets the requirements for liquids in carry-on luggage.
If you do forget anything you need for your oral hygiene routine, ask at your hotel. Often, they’ll provide toiletries and such at no cost. In a pinch, you can also put toothpaste on your finger to “brush” your teeth. However, you should still find a way to get a toothbrush for the entirety of your trip.
Don’t think that your vacation is a chance for a break from your oral hygiene routine. If you need more information about taking care of your smile while you’re traveling, call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members.