Travel Tips—For Your Teeth!

As you’re packing bathing suits, t-shirts and sunscreen for your summer vacation (have fun!), don’t forget to think about your dental “luggage” this summer. Here are FIVE TIPS on how to keep your teeth healthy during your fun in the sun:

1/ Ventilate your toothbrush. Containers that are totally closed allow bacteria to grow which can encourage decay and even make you sick. Always let your toothbrush air dry.

2/ Drink plenty of H2O. Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated but also helps wash away leftover food and residue.

3/ Chew sugarless gum. Long airline flights might not be conducive to brushing your teeth. But chewing gum can help freshen your breath while, like water, help to clean your teeth of debris and maybe even stop your ears from popping in high altitudes!

4/Emergency cleaning method: Temporarily without a toothbrush? The American Dental Association says that putting toothpaste on a clean washcloth or even using your clean finger will help.

5/Avoid Accidents. It might be hot out, but chewing on the ice in that exotic drink is a recipe for tooth trouble, possibly resulting in cracks or chips. Need something to crunch on? Try apple chunks and baby carrots.