Many Hendricks County residents view vacation as the perfect time to relax and forget about their obligations. However, one of those forgotten responsibilities shouldn’t be your dental care. No matter where you’re headed, Danville Family Dentistry recommends that you keep up with your oral hygiene while traveling. Therefore, we’ve gathered together some dental care tips to help you do just that.

  1. Pack Wisely. If you’re flying, or traveling in a packed car, we know space can be tight. Therefore, travel-sized products are a great option if suitcase space is limited. Also, you may want to pack and use a disposable toothbrush while you’re away. That way you don’t have to worry if you accidentally leave it behind.
  2. Keep Your Dental Care Supplies Handy. Just because you’re on the road or in the air, that doesn’t mean you can’t brush or floss after eating. Place a small, 3.4-ounce tube of toothpaste, floss and a toothbrush in a clear, quart-size, zip-top, plastic bag. Pack your oral hygiene supply bag in your carry-on luggage, so you can brush your teeth during your flight or while at the airport. If you’re traveling by car, put it in the glove compartment, so you’ll be able to brush at rest stops along your journey.
  3. Stick to Your Dental Care Routine. Even though you’re on vacation, the bacteria and plaque in your mouth are not. Be sure to brush for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day to keep your teeth cavity-free.
  4. Drink Water. If you don’t have a chance to brush while traveling, drink water to help wash away bacteria and food debris in your mouth. Water also helps neutralize acids, produced by bacteria. Plus, it stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps fight germs and prevent bad breath.
  5. Eat Healthy Snacks. Part of the fun of traveling is trying new foods and beverages. However, sugary or acidic food and beverages can damage your teeth. Limit your consumption of these types of foods and drinks. Also, choose healthy snacks instead of candy bars, cookies and chips when you pop into airport shops or gas station convenience stores.
  6. Visit Danville Family Dentistry Before You Leave, If You Have a Toothache. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, make an appointment at our Hendricks County office before you leave home. A checkup is especially important if you’re traveling to remote areas or out of the country. You don’t want to experience a dental emergency while you’re away. Dr. Jon Erickson can take X-rays (if needed), examine your teeth, and make treatment recommendations before you go.

We encourage all Hendricks County travelers to keep these dental care tips in mind on your next trip, so you don’t neglect your teeth. Maintaining a beautiful smile depends on regular, thorough dental care – even when you’re traveling.
After you return, don’t forget to schedule a comprehensive oral exam and cleaning at our office. Contact our team at 317-745-4400. You can tell us all about your travels during your appointment. We look forward to hearing about your adventures.
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.