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Travel Tips

The holidays tend to bring its fair share of faces you don’t see very often. If you’re expecting company this holiday season, then preparing ahead of time won’t take too much effort. However, if you’re part of the one-third of Americans who plan to travel this season according to AAA’s reporting on holiday travel, whether it be on a car or a plane, it’s important that you know how to protect your oral health as you go.

Eating holiday meals and sipping on hot chocolate is a great way to get festive, but that doesn’t mean oral care should go out the window. That’s why Dr. Davis and her team have prepared these three travel tips we believe our patients should keep in mind. After all, you don’t want a dental issue to interrupt your holiday.

Tip #1: Establish a Backup Kit

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When you’re relying on someone else to handle your luggage, it’s understandable that you’d feel hesitant. In the event that your luggage is lost, either temporarily or permanently, you shouldn’t have to let your oral care suffer in the process. That’s why it always helps to pack a backup oral care kit that you can keep in your carry-on bag. This kit should include the basics like floss, toothpaste, a spare toothbrush, and mouthwash, but it should also include items unique to you.

For example, if you take regular medications, you’ll want to have enough to get you through the trip. If you have a spare denture, it’s worth keeping that in your bag as a backup.

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Tip #2: Keep Your Toothbrush Dry

Bacteria finds a way when you travel, especially on airplanes, which are notorious for harboring germs. A common way people can become sick while they travel is by using a toothbrush that is covered in bacteria.

Toothbrushes can easily develop bacteria if there is residual moisture on the bristles. When packing your toothbrush, it’s best to use a spare brush you have the day of your travel so you can let your main brush dry overnight. If this isn’t possible, use a cover to protect the brush head. Once you arrive at your destination, promptly remove your toothbrush from your luggage and allow it to dry. That way once you go to use it, you won’t put yourself at risk of getting sick during your trip.

Tip #3: Stay Hydrated

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Water is crucial not just for your oral health, but for your body as a whole. Without proper hydration, you won’t have the necessary energy to travel as well, nor will your body be as effective at defending itself against germs. To reduce your risk of developing decay, make sure to balance your fluid intake throughout the trip. If you drink coffee or alcohol, have a glass of water after as well. This will keep saliva production high, which is necessary for fighting oral bacteria.

These three simple steps can make all the difference for your holiday travels. We hope that on your way to your destination, you take them into consideration to protect your oral health. Until your next visit, we’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday, a joyful new year, and safe travels!

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