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5 Pointers for Healthy Vacation Smiles.

Just because you are taking a vacation from work or school, does not mean you get to take a free pass on your dental health. Going on vacation means there will be a change in your schedule and the things you are eating, which means it is even more important to pay attention to your dental routine! Here are five important tips for keeping your oral health up to par while traveling on your trip!

Stay Current on Dental Visits

If you know that you need to visit the dentist for any particular reason, don’t wait until after your travels to go. Planning ahead will save you a lot of time and stress, and you will be able to avoid the hustle and bustle of last minute planning. If you take care of your issues before hand, you will be able to enjoy your vacation carefree and without worry. Everyone knows that pediatric offices become increasingly busy during holidays and vacation times so it is important to book your appointments far in advance!

Have a Travel Kit

In today’s age, almost every product comes in a small travel size that you can easily pack away into your suitcase. The act of putting together this travel kit will help you create better habits and knowing you have your entire routine will encourage you to actually do it. Some important items to throw into you travel kit include a travel sized mouthwash, floss, and a toothbrush for the entire family. Brands like Colgate also offer more convenient options like their “Wisps” which are disposable toothbrushes that you can use “in-between” brushes. For kids with braces, it is wise to bring extra wax to prevent their wires from protruding into the mouth and ruining the vacation!

Protect your Toothbrush

Storing your toothbrush is extremely important because it can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria. You want to always make sure that your toothbrush stays covered. While you are traveling, there are many opportunities for bacteria to get onto your toothbrush, which makes it even more important to properly store it. It is best to invest in a antibacterial cover that will block all harmful bacteria from coming into contact with your toothbrush. It is vital to avoid storing your toothbrush in a warm, damp place where bacteria can thrive, always remember to let your toothbrush dry before covering it up.

Eat Consciously

During vacation, it is normal to want to indulge in sugary drinks, snacks and desserts.  It is important to remember balance, for every unhealthy food you eat, choose to eat a healthy option as well! Plan your days around fun activities, rather than food. If you pack healthy snacks for the day, you won’t be tempted to grab a quick treat that may not be good for your teeth or your health.

Stick to Your Routine

Whatever you end up eating, don’t forget your regular dental habits. As tempting as it may sound to just go to bed after a long day, remember that this can affect your dental health later down the road. If you make brushing and flossing an activity that your family does together, it can be a great way to discuss the activities of the day and plan what you want to do as a family next.