School’s out for summer, which means it is time for traveling! Family vacations can be buckets of fun, but the change in routine can often mean that you let certain priorities slip by the wayside. Whether you are headed to hang out on the beach or run around an amusement park, as a family dentist, we want to make sure that you aren’t neglecting your family’s dental health. That’s why we are providing you with some tips on caring for your teeth while you’re on vaca.

Dental Packing List

First, you want to make sure you have all the essentials for dental care with you, wherever you go. Make sure each member of the family packs one of each of the following items:

  • Disposable travel toothbrush. This will ensure that even if you forget to grab your toothbrush from the hotel at the end of the trip, you don’t have to be without your usual toothbrush when you return home.
  • Travel-sized toothpaste. You don’t have to check your bag to care for your teeth while traveling; simply invest in travel-sized toothpaste and you can carry it on with you.
  • Mini dental floss. This way, your floss doesn’t take up too much space in your bag, and you have no excuse to neglect your gum health on vacation.
  • Travel-sized mouthwash. Mouthwash kills bacteria and lowers acid levels in your mouth, and with a travel size, you don’t have to worry about lugging that giant bottle of mouthwash around with you.
  • Sugar-free gum. In the event that you don’t have access to your toothbrush, sugar-free gum can stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth to clean your teeth and freshen your breath.
  • Whitening strips. If you are working on the brightness of your smile, don’t neglect it on vacation. Pack some whitening strips to use while you sleep.
  • Night Guards or retainers. If anyone in the family uses these, make sure you don’t forget them at home when you’re traveling.
  • Emergency filling/crown kit. If you have had dental work done recently, prevent a crisis and bring emergency supplies in case you lose a filling or crown.
  • Toothpicks and orthodontic wax. This is only in the case of traveling with someone with braces.

Dental Care Traveling Tips

  • Make sure to stay hydrated. This will prevent dry mouth, which is detrimental to your dental health. If you are traveling to a country where the water isn’t safe, use bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.
  • Keep your dental routine as closely as possible. When you are on vacation, your schedule may be completely different, but keep your dental hygiene routine as similar as to home as possible so you don’t accidentally neglect it.
  • Look up local orthodontists. If one or more of your children wear braces, it is important that you are aware of orthodontists in the area in case of a dental emergency.

Traveling is fun, but it is more fun when you can rest assured that you and your family’s teeth are healthy. For a family dentist in Smithville, contact us today.