A vacation from work or school doesn’t mean a vacation from your dental health. In fact, the change in your family’s schedule and diet means that it is even more essential to be vigilant in maintaining those beautiful smiles. Here are five pointers for a healthy mouth while you and your children are traveling or on vacation:
1. Get up to date on your dental visits before you go.
Don’t put off needed visits until you return from your travels. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead, get an appointment with your pediatric dentist early and take care of your teeth before the rush and hustle of vacations. Doing this will help prevent dental issues from ruining your time away from home by detecting any underlying issues that need to be treated before your leave. Holidays and vacation times are also very busy time in dental offices, so you want to make sure your appointments are scheduled and taken care of sooner rather than later.
2. Make a dental travel kit.
Nearly everything comes in a travel size and we’ve found that the activity of putting together a dental travel kit will encourage great habits while you are away from home. Don’t forget to pack travel sized mouthwash, floss and a toothbrush for everyone in the family. We’re excited about new convenient options as well, such as quick disposable toothbrushes that can be carried for “in-between” brushing on the go.
3. Protect your toothbrush.
You want to make sure that your toothbrush stays covered. Extra handling, luggage and hotel bathrooms provide bacteria extra opportunity to find its way onto your bristles and into your mouth. Several options are available, including covers that are anti-bacterial. A closed cover gives a warm, damp place for bacteria to thrive, so remember to let your toothbrush dry before covering it up.
4. Watch what you eat.
We are all more likely to indulge in sugary drinks, snacks and desserts while traveling or on vacation. Why not make a conscious decision to eat a bit healthier this year? Instead of planning your days around food, look for opportunities for more fun. Pack healthy snacks so that you won’t be tempted to grab a quick treat that may not be good for your teeth.
5. Keep your routine.
Whatever you decide to eat, don’t forget your regular dental habits. It may be tempting to just go to bed after a long day of fun, but forgetting your routine could mean no-so-fun dental problems later on. Make brushing and flossing an activity that your family does together. It can be a great opportunity to “debrief” and discuss the activities of the day or plan for the next. We hope everyone has a great summer full of fun and healthy smiles!