Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush: Practical Holiday Oral Health Tips

Summer vacations are a great escape from reality, to rewind, reset and look after yourself. During your travels self-care is most often a top priority. However, selfcare isn’t just letting your body rest on a lounger besides the pool. It’s also about applying sun cream to protect your skin, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and maintaining your dental health routine to protect your teeth.

This summer, don’t let travelling get in the way of healthy teeth and gums. Maintain a healthy oral health routine for fresh breath, healthy gums and a shining smile. Continue reading to unravel our top travel tips for maintaining your oral health this summer.

Packing Hygiene

When packing your toothbrush, check it has enough air circulation. Don’t pack it in a tight container and always ensure there are holes for ventilation and drainage. As soon as you arrive at your hotel, unpack your toothbrush to dry it out. A wet toothbrush can breed bacteria, so wash and dry it out as soon as possible.

Most oral hygiene products are quite dainty. Therefore, don’t forget to pack a fluoride toothpaste and floss too to keep your smile fresh for vacation photos.

Balancing Your Diet

Travelling is fantastic for allowing your taste buds to explore different cuisines. However, it is also so easy to overload on sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks while you are away. Therefore, you need to find a balance.

  • Cold yogurt cools you down in the heat and is full of calcium for strong teeth.
  • Salads are great for lunch, as leafy greens are high in calcium to build your teeth’s enamel.
  • Sugar free gum promotes saliva production to clean your mouth and pull away food remains.
  • Drinking through a straw will keep your teeth shielded from sugary and acidic drinks.

Long Haul Flights

After a long journey, keeping oral hygiene supplies in your hand luggage is a great idea. During the flight or layovers, unpack your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss to freshen up before reaching your destination.

When brushing your teeth, avoid using tap water which isn’t safe to drink. This will keep you protected from unsafe water during your travels.

Visit Your Dentist Before Travelling

If you are experiencing any pain before jetting off, visit your dentist. Don’t wait until you return from travelling to have any concerns checked out. If you prolong the wait, the issue may worsen or lead to further problems. It is also a lot easier than avoiding it and then having to request dental emergency treatment away from home.

At Riverside Dental Spa, our team of dentists are here to provide comprehensive dental care for all our patients. In addition to general dentistry, we also offer emergency treatments, cosmetic dentistry and specialist treatments for your teeth.

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