Tips for a Healthy Mouth While Traveling

Oral Hygiene Tips for Vacation

If you’re leaving the area during the upcoming break to go to a warm beach or visit a family amusement park, make sure you’re not taking a break from good oral hygiene. While it’s important to relax during vacation, completely forgetting your daily oral care routine can be detrimental to your teeth and gums. With some easy, helpful tips, you can refresh your body and mind and still maintain your beautiful smile while traveling.

Toothbrush care

When you’re packing for your trip, ensure that your toothbrush is completely dry to prevent the growth of bacteria. If you travel often, consider having a dedicated toothbrush that’s always dry and ready to go in your bag. Always let your toothbrush air dry after using it by setting it upright if possible. Along with your toothbrush, pack floss and mouthwash to continue your daily healthy oral hygiene routine.

Healthy breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it no matter how full your vacation calendars seems. Eating a healthy breakfast gives you the energy you need to handle whatever you have planned and when you include foods that are great for your teeth such as eggs, milk, hard cheeses, and fresh fruit you’re also boosting your oral health. If the hotel where you’re staying only offers a continental breakfast full of sweet pastries and sugary cereals, consider going elsewhere or keeping some fruit and yogurt in your room’s fridge. Make sure you brush your teeth before heading out for the day so you have fresh breath and a clean, happy mouth.

Proper hydration

It’s not always easy to follow a healthy diet while on vacation, but make sure you include proper hydration in all your meal plans. Drinking water helps dilute any sugar from the foods you eat and helps flush out bacteria from your mouth, which prevents plaque buildup. Proper hydration is essential for a strong immune system and improved energy levels. If you’re traveling somewhere hot, always have drinking water on hand to avoid dehydration.

Wash up

It’s easy to get too relaxed, or even too busy, to remember even the most basic hygiene practices, but it’s vital that you wash your hands when you’re traveling. When you travel somewhere new to you, you’re exposing your body to a variety of new bacteria, which can make you sick if you don’t wash your hands regularly and then touch your mouth or eyes.  If you know you won’t be able to wash your hands consistently while traveling, pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to remove bacteria and germs.

Relax and recharge

One of the definitions Merriam Webster’s Dictionary lists for vacation is “a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel” but far too often, people forget to actually relax on their trips. Even though you might be traveling to somewhere full of excitement and energy, it’s still important to take the time to relax and recharge so you’re not exhausted when you return home. Try to get enough sleep because sleep deprivation can affect your mood negatively and lead to overeating or impulsive eating of unhealthy foods. Having a well-rested body is important for your overall health, including the health of your teeth and gums.

The extra effort you make on vacation to take care of your physical and oral health is worth it because it keeps your energy high and protects your beautiful smile. If you’re considering teeth whitening to brighten your smile before your trip, contact our offices to learn more about the treatments we offer. At Chianese Dental, you can get professionally whitened teeth in less than an hour, which improves your most important vacation wardrobe piece, your smile.

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