It is easy to slip out of routine when you are on vacation, however, it is still important to maintain your oral hygiene, no matter where you are. Here are 5 simple ways you can stay on top of your dental care while on holiday:
5 Tips for a Healthy Smile on Holiday
Pack the Essentials
Avoid this hassle or the expense of finding dental supplies at your holiday destination by packing everything you need to keep up your oral hygiene. These items include your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and even sunblock for your lips.
When packing for your holiday, also consider packing your toothbrush in a plastic protective casing or in a plastic bag while traveling, remembering to take it out to dry when you arrive at your destination. This will help keep your toothbrush as clean and dry as possible while traveling.
Don’t Forget to Brush
The excitement and wonder of your holiday might cause you to forget or neglect what is normally part of your daily routine. Although your holiday is meant for you to let your hair down, it is important not to let your oral hygiene go down. You still need to brush and floss everyday, as well as use mouthwash. It is also recommended to take your dentist’s contact details with you when you travel in case you need advice regarding symptoms or treatment.
Watch Your Sugar Intake
While on holiday, we all tend to indulge on food a bit more than usual. We have no problem with a little indulgence, but it is best to alternate between sugary drinks and water to prevent most of the sugar from sticking to your teeth.
Drinking through a straw when having sugary drinks can also help keep most of the liquid and sugar away from your teeth. Additionally, rinse your mouth with water after having a sugary dessert to minimize the amount of sugar sitting on your teeth.
When sugar sits on your teeth for too long, bacteria feed off the sugar and flourish in the mouth, causing decay and infection.
Visit the Dentist Before You Go
Don’t let an existing or potential dental issue ruin your trip. Visit the dentist before you leave on vacation to receive the ‘all clear’ or to receive much needed treatment that can save you time and money while you are away.
Don’t Skimp on Oral Hygiene
Don’t buy into oral hygiene cheats to maintain your dental hygiene on holiday. Using mouthwash is not the same as brushing, and brushing once a day is also not good enough.
A twig/ stick and charcoal from a fire is no substitute for a toothbrush and toothpaste when you are camping or out in the wild. Therefore, you should never forget to pack your own toothbrush, toothpaste and other dental essentials!
By following these tips you can keep your smile looking healthy and bright and maintain your oral hygiene, while still enjoying a relaxing vacation.