You work hard all week, month, year long – you deserve a little R&R for your troubles. But you can’t take a vacation from your oral health. Take these oral care tips to along when you’re leaving on a jet plane (or hitting the road) for your grand summer adventure – your teeth will surely thank you.
Pack It Properly
Your toothbrush needs to stay dry, or else it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Air it out before you leave, and pack it in a travel container that is large enough to provide good air circulation, and has holes for drainage and ventilation. Take it out of the case as soon as you get where you’re going. PS: Clean that case when you get home! Or at least before you use it again.
Pack Portable Products
In lieu of carting around your entire oral care routine, pick up products made with travel in mind. Collapsible toothbrushes and disposable flossers don’t take up much space and can fit in your carry-on.
Watch What You Eat
You’re on vacation – its time to cut loose and act like a tourist! Which also means its time to eat like a tourist. From sugary sweet cocktails to that oh-so-tempting dessert buffet, we tend to overindulge our sweet tooth when we go on holiday. As hard as it might seem, try to limit the number of treats you allow yourself a day, and make sure to clean your teeth well or chew sugarless gum if you can’t get to your brush after your meal.
Make Sure The Water Is Fine
In some countries the water might be just fine for washing your hands and face, but might not be safe for drinking. If the local water isn’t safe to drink, it’s not safe for oral care either, so have bottled or boiled water ready in the bathroom.