While you might be going on your vacation to relax and take a break from working, it isn’t a time to skimp out on caring for your teeth and gums. When you are on vacation, keep these three tips in mind to remain on top of your oral health game no matter where you are. Trust us, your teeth will thank you in the end.

Always have supplies available. Whether you are going on a road trip or a long flight, keep the essentials handy. But what does that include? It should include floss, a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste. Keep these in your carry-on bag if you are flying or your glove compartment when driving on a road trip. This allows you to have easy access to them when you need to clean your teeth.

Avoid bacteria filled cases. When you are packing your bags for travel, grab the toothbrush holders, right? Wrong. While it might seem like a great idea, it is actually a breeding ground for bacteria transfer. It’s the moist environment that can encourage that bacterial growth. So skip the travel case and let your toothbrush air-dry before packing it.

Visit the dentist before leaving. If you’re heading out on a long trip, visit your dentist! No one wants to go on vacation only to be miserable with a toothache. If you are experiencing any pain before your trip, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment before you leave. The last thing you need is to deal with a dental emergency when you’re far from home.

Stick to your routine and don’t stray from your oral health care. And contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in north Scottsdale, Arizona if you need any further tips or guidance while traveling.