Going on a vacation is exciting. Walking the pathways of an unfamiliar place or driving to an unknown destination calls for an adventure.
But before embarking on your next journey, make sure you have everything you need to keep your travel as trouble-free as possible.
Prioritize your necessities which include your oral hygiene routine. Getting a toothache while snacking on that manapua in Hawaii is a bummer, right? You also do not want a bad breath to greet your newfound friends, or worst, travel around the unfamiliar city looking for a dentist.
How can I keep my teeth healthy while on the road?
- Go light with travel-sized hygiene products!
So, first and foremost, pack your toothbrush! Any toothbrush will do, but you may want to get a two-piece folding toothbrush for convenience. It will also save you some space.
Travel-sized toothpaste is also readily available in supermarkets and convenience stores. Dental flosses also come in small sizes which fit, along with your toothbrush and toothpaste, in a handy pouch.
If you cannot find your favorite products in travel-friendly sizes, you can use small containers or tiny bottles to store them while you move around places.
Although basic hygiene products are available almost everyone, it does not hurt to bring your own. It will save you money and time and free you from the hassle of scouting places for them.
The thing is, despite venturing a different road and meeting new people, the basic oral hygiene routine remains the same — brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash.
Even though you are having the best time of your life, do not forget to brush. Your schedule may be busy walking around, driving, or touring sites, but you must never neglect your teeth. Make time to grab your toothbrush and sneak a two-minute brush at least twice a day.
Flossing is also necessary. Although it may consume more time than brushing, commit to it as food particles can hide between the teeth which your toothbrush usually cannot reach. When these particles are left, bacteria will feed on them and produce acid that will lead to the breakdown of your teeth due to a cavity.
Traveling also involves a lot of eating. We want to dip ourselves in the culture of the area and try everything native to the new place. After you munched on that lilikoi-flavored shaved ice, drink water to wash down the sugar or food particles that may have been left.
Since brushing and flossing may not be convenient at all times, rinsing and gargling will help in controlling the accumulation of bacteria and food particles, preventing them from staying longer inside the mouth.
Instead of grabbing that potato chip bag, opt for teeth-friendly snacks like cheese, nuts, and fruits. Cheese, nuts, and fruits stimulate saliva production which is essential in keeping your mouth moist and fight off bacteria.
Always drink water. Proper hydration is vital to the body especially if you are traveling to a tropical country. Water also helps in saliva production.
- Visit your dentist before embarking on a journey
Before setting off, you may want to visit your dentist to ensure that everything is okay with your oral health.
Especially if you are going on long travel in an unfamiliar place, it is best to be free from oral-related problems while traveling and be checked while at the comforts of a familiar environment by your dentist, right?
But, if unpreventable, do not hesitate to ask around for the best dentist in the area.
If you are in the middle of your tour in Hawaii and experienced dental problems, you can visit Hawaii Family Dental in its 11 locations statewide. We are in Honolulu, Mililani, Downtown Honolulu, Aiea, Kaneohe, Ewa Beach, Hilo, Kailua Island, Kahului, Kihei, and Lihue.
You can also give us a call at 808-748-4985.