If your New Year's resolution is to travel more this year, here are a few dental travel tips to make sure you are keeping those pearly whites at their best. Whether you're preparing for a quick weekend get-away, an extended vacation, sending kids off to sleep away camp or a jam packed work related travel schedule, this dental checklist will help you make sure you have everything covered. First and foremost get a dental care case to keep travel dental items all together and secure. If you are having any dental related problems or if you have any questions regarding your oral health before going out of town call Grateful Dental. If you are ready to go: here's a list of what you will need:
• Toothbrush holder - It's a good idea to buy a toothbrush holder. This inexpensive accessory found in most drug stores for a few dollars will help keep your toothbrush clean, dry and away from all of your other toiletries.
• Toothbrush for travel - Have a travel toothbrush that stays in the toothbrush holder case.
• Travel size toothpaste and mouthwash - In order to bring carryon luggage onto an airplane, it's important to have small travel size, TSA regulation size toiletry items. You may be asked to throw full sized items away, leaving you without your essentials once you arrive at your destination. Most drug stores and grocery stores sell travel size items like toothpaste and mouthwash for your convenience. They are less expensive to buy ahead of time and bring with you on your trip rather than picking up at an airport, hotel or vacation destination.
• Dental floss or floss picks - Avoid using a foreign object like a pen cap or straw to remove a bothersome piece of food stuck between your teeth. Flossing is an important part of daily oral hygiene. Don't take a vacation from flossing while you are on vacation or traveling!
• Ziplock bags - In an effort to keep your toothpaste and mouthwash from having an unfortunate accident, it's a good idea to put said items inside of a Ziploc plastic bag. Sometimes shifting and air pressure during air travel can cause issues with toiletry items. It's better to be safe than sorry and a Ziploc is an easy way to avoid a travel disaster.
• Gum - It's not a bad idea to have sugar free gum with you on a trip. Gum is a great way to help ease ear pressure on an airplane; it also gives you a quick fix for bad breath if you are not able to brush after a meal. Chewing gum helps stimulate saliva which naturally helps clean teeth and neutralize acids in the mouth if you are not in a location where it is convenient to brush.
Enjoy your travels, and don't forget to brush.
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Leia Porcaro - Grateful Dental