Are your teeth travel ready?

Spring is finally here. The days are longer, the weather is getting warmer and vacation season is upon us.  Some travelers start their planning by making a list of things to bring on vacation.  We thought of a few more things you can add to that list so your oral health doesn’t take a backseat while traveling this season.  

Don’t forget your toothbrush. Yes, we had to say it.  Whatever you do, do not forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, a travel size packet of floss and whatever else you use during your daily routine i.e. mouth rinse, mouth guard.  If you do the unthinkable and forget to pack your toothbrush, most hotels have complimentary ones for their guests, so it is worth asking the front desk.

Bring Healthy Snacks.  Nuts, cheeses, carrot & celery sticks, almond or peanut butter packs and whole fruits are delicious, nutritious and travel friendly. Some of these snacks even clean your teeth while chewing and most can be bought pre-packaged and are allowed on airplanes.

Drink Water. Not only does it keep you hydrated, water washes away food debris and also neutralizes the acid that is caused by plaque build up on your teeth after eating sugary or acidic foods.  If you are traveling somewhere the water is not safe to drink, do not brush your teeth with it use bottled water instead.

Use a Straw.  Let’s face it, your going to indulge on vacation may it be sugary drinks or cocktails.  Opt for using a straw it allows whatever carbonated or sugary drink to bypass your teeth.

Pack Some Gum.  Gum is great to bring on vacation as long as it is sugarless.  Sugarless gum freshens breath, cleans teeth and reduces bacteria after a meal.  Chewing gum and the act of swallowing the saliva it helps produce while on an airplane may help equalize pressure in your ears.

Stick to your routine. You already have a healthy daily regimen so why break that just because you are on vacation?  Keep your daily routine going, brush twice a day and don’t forget to floss.

Lather Those Lips. Remember your lips when applying sunscreen.  Use a lip balm that protects against UVA/UVB rays.

Don’t be surprised.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist at least one month prior to leaving for vacation. Your dentist may be able to identify problems even before you notice them or feel any pain.  An in-flight toothache can be extremely painful, the absolute last thing you want is a dental emergency that could have been avoided.