Prepping your oral health for summertime travel
SUMMARY: Many of us tidy up around the house before leaving for vacation, but do you have a similar oral health regimen?
Posted: July 24, 2014
Before departing for vacation, many of us like to tidy up around the house. You may empty the garbage cans, put the dishes in the dishwasher and make the bed, but do you have a similar routine for your teeth?
Of course, vacation is a time to unwind, but neither your health nor oral health should be completely thrown on the back? burner. So, here are a few tips about how to get your mouth ready and what to do to maintain oral health for kids and adults during vacation.
1. Visit the dentist before you depart. To ensure that toothaches or any other mouth pain doesn't disrupt the fun, stop by the dentist's office prior to leaving. It may be helpful to schedule a visit right after booking your plane tickets so you can secure a date months in advance and avoid worrying about last-minute planning.
2. Buy travel-sized gear. For those traveling to more remote destinations, simply having access to proper oral health products can be a lifesaver. Pick up a bristle cover for your toothbrush, swap the batteries if it's an electric toothbrush, grab some floss and throw on-the-go toothpaste and mouthwash into a travel bag. These little containers can come in handy and help prevent bad breath and cavities. Just make sure to put them in your checked bags for the airport if they don't fit the Transportation Security Administration's 3-1-1 liquid rule, which says that all carry-on liquids, gels, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100 millimeters) or less per container and fit in a quart-sized bag; one bag per passenger.
3. Load up on oral health probiotics. Airports, cruises and bus stations are all hotbeds for nasty germs, and your mouth is the entry point for problems such as bad breath, plaque formation, ear aches and sore throats. Try out TheraBreath Multi-Symptom Probiotics to target the germs specifically responsible for these oral care issues.
4. Watch what you eat and drink. Vacation tends to be a time to splurge. Not only will your waistline benefit from being a little wary about food and drink, your teeth will too. Bring bottled water and healthy snacks that won't rot your teeth on the trip. This can also get rid of bad breath, since no one wants oral odor when meeting someone new.
5. Keep gum handy. For the times when we can't resist, chewing a piece of sugar?-free gum after eating can be surprisingly useful. Like dabbing putty on a dirty table, gum latches onto food debris, working to clean the mouth following big meals and snacks.
6. Swap toothbrushes after the trip. Dentists recommend swapping toothbrushes every two to three months. Since our brushes get thrown around, dirtied and hacked along the journey, it's a good idea to get a new toothbrush (or head for electric ones) after a trip.