Just because you go on vacation, doesn’t mean your teeth do. However, if your oral hygiene program is going to be part of your vacation, then it’d better be convenient. Here are some tips to remember as you take in some much needed R and R:
Airline regulations – this is sometimes the most confusing part of preparing for your oral hygiene routine: The Office of Homeland Security suggests remembering 3-1-1 for your carry-on, meaning:
- Liquids are restricted to 3.4 ounces.
- Liquids need to be placed in a quart-sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
- And each passenger is allowed one quart-sized bag.
Many stores have a full line of mini-travel products that meet the 3oz. restriction on air travel. Or, you can purchase oral hygiene products at your destination. You can also fill and re-fill small containers from home. For those who have a toothpaste prescription, this product is allowed on an airplane.
Protect your toothbrush – cover your toothbrush to make sure the bristles stay clean and free from bacteria.
Floss – there are several different products to meet your flossing needs Sometimes floss picks are more convenient than shred-resistant floss.
Sugarless gum – sugarless gum generates the saliva needed to neutralize the acids in your mouth that help eliminate unwanted bacteria.
Visit your family dentist before – this is a common practice for many, as the fear exists that a dental issue could erupt while on vacation. A good cleaning and oral exam will go a long way before any of your travels, especially if you plan on going to a foreign country or you have put off dealing with a lingering dental issue.
Watch what you eat – because your teeth will need to last long after your vacation has ended and because eating “fun foods” can be a huge part of a vacation, while traveling continue to keep your teeth in mind by choosing healthy foods.
Drink lots of water – water is its own natural oral hygiene program because food particles are washed away and removed from the surface of your teeth naturally. Not enough can be said about how important water is in our daily life, whether we are on vacation or at home.
We, here, at Midtown Dentistry, wish you a happy and healthy vacation, wherever you may travel. Before you do, come see us and let us help eliminate any problems that might arise. Contact Midtown Dentistry today at 918-743-8539.