When boarding a plane or loading up the minivan, oral hygiene probably isn’t something we think of as an essential travel buddy. We are trying to remember our phone charger, our book to read, or our pillow that we just can’t sleep without. In order to keep your teeth picture-ready for all those vacation photo ops, remember these simple tips! 

Travel size for the win

Similar to travel size shampoo bottles, your oral hygiene essentials are available in travel-friendly sizes. Travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, the options are endless! These compact items fit easily in any suitcase, and are sized to be approved by those strict airplane regulations. Simply recall your normal routine for brushing and flossing, and duplicate it with travel size items. 

Never break a routine

If you normally brush your teeth as soon as you wake up or right before bed, don’t stop just because you’re on vacation! Understandably, you will be doing different things throughout the day whether it’s sight-seeing or relaxing by the beach, so it’s easy to forget the routines you have waiting for you at home. However, try your best to remember! Chances are, you’ve been living with these oral hygiene routines for years, and a couple days without routine will set you off-track quickly. Your body craves routine, satisfy the craving! 

Set up a dentist appointment before your trip

Prior to leaving for your getaway, set up a visit with your dentist. A regular cleaning or check-up will leave your teeth feeling fresh and clean, ready for pictures! Depending on the duration of your trip, your dentist may have some tips and tricks fit specifically for your pearly whites.

Think of it as a tune-up for your car. Typically before a long road trip, you want to have your local mechanic check your car to ensure it’s functioning properly and won’t give you any problems down the road. Your dentist will perform a similar exam, sending you on your way with a healthy smile. 

Enjoy your stay

Wherever the road leads you, remember to enjoy your stay! You may miss an occasional floss or indulge in a sugary beverage, but your teeth and dentist will forgive you! Giving yourself a little wiggle room is perfectly acceptable, you’re on vacation! 

Contact Dr. Sara and her team at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about how maintaining an oral hygiene routine is important, even on vacation!