Whether you’re traveling to a foreign country or traveling between jobs, the world has become an increasingly busy place. With busy schedules and tight deadlines, your oral health routine might take a backseat. You can keep healthy teeth a priority while you’re catching planes or searching for an exit on a trip with a creativity and diligence.

Make sure you have the right tools. This is essential, especially if you’re traveling by plane. Travel size toothpaste and mouthwash save space and should meet safety requirements. If you’re schedule is unpredictable and you never quite know if you’ll be pulling an all-nighter at the office, travel size toiletries are a discreet and will fit in nearly any purse. Floss has come a long way since the never-ending spool of waxed thread, floss picks are lightweight, small, and can easily be hidden away in your purse or carryon bag. Many of these items can be purchased at your nearest convenience store.

A travel toothbrush is convenient and compact, but if you have sensitive gums or special toothbrush needs you may want to pack your toothbrush from home. If you find yourself without a toothbrush at all, many convenient stores carry pre-loaded toothbrushes that you can purchase. When storing your toothbrush make sure there are holes in the case or bag, your toothbrush needs to breathe so it doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria. Remember to take your toothbrush out of the case when you reach your destination so it can dry out properly.

Vacation freedom and time crunches often translate into sugary treats, but it’s best not to overindulge while traveling. Tight schedules, long meetings and flights, and constantly being on the go can mean that you may not be able to brush your ideal times. Keeping fresh fruits, vegetables, and even string cheese nearby will satisfy your hunger and while benefitting your teeth. Likewise skip juice, soda, and other sugary beverages and instead reach for water or green tea; both of which can work to freshen your breath while on the go. If you reach for minty gum or candy make sure that it’s sugar free!

Before you embark on an extended trip out of the country it may be a good idea to schedule a checkup with your dentist. Your dental team can bring any pressing concerns to your attention and fix them before you depart. You may also want to give your insurance a call to see what dental assistance you can seek should a dental emergency occur.

Life can get so busy these days and traveling plans only feed the chaos, but your dental health shouldn’t take a back seat to your schedule. If you’re traveling out of the country and you have additional questions or concerns, reach out to your dentist. Your dental team can answer questions about insurance, preferred dental health convenience tools, and more so you can keep the million dollar smile for your vacation photos. Have happy & safe travels!

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