It's finally time for that vacation you've been planning for months. You're ecstatic and can’t wait to get there so that you can begin to relax, explore the area, and indulge in all the new sights, bites, and more.
You've packed your favorite outfits, shoes, along with travel-sized versions of your favorite shampoo, skincare products, and more. But have you gathered everything you need to take care of your oral hygiene while you’re away?
Don't waste any time wondering what to bring. This guide has all the tips you’ll need to care for your oral health while away on your trip.
Pack the Essentials
Packing can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s best to know what you’ll need to bring ahead of time. A good rule of thumb is to purchase travel-sized items to avoid waste and extra time at the airport. Here are a few essentials you’ll need for proper teeth care while abroad.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Pack a mini or travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste set for your travels to save space in your toiletries bag. This will also save you time when going through customs if you will be traveling with just a carry-on bag.
If your favorite toothpaste is not available in a travel size, squeeze some out into a travel container. Packing an extra toothbrush is also never a bad idea. So if you have more than one, make sure to bring it with you as well, just in case.
Just because you’re on vacation does not mean you should take a break from flossing. Just like you should continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you should also bring some floss with you, and you should use it once a day.
Mouth rinse is a great final step to an oral health routine, as it leaves you with fresh, minty breath, and it kills lots of the bacteria that may be lingering in your mouth after brushing. Pack a travel-sized version of your favorite mouthwash to make the most of your oral health while on vacation.
Plan for the Use of Oral Beauty Products
You’ve figured out what products you need, and you’re now on your way to your trip. It’s time to put your plans into action and look after your teeth while you’re far from home. Keep these few pointers in mind:
Air Out Your Toothbrush
Make sure to let your toothbrush out of its travel case as soon as you arrive at your destination. Let it drain and dry out in an upright position to get rid of any excess water lingering on the brush that could breed dangerous bacteria.
Use Bottled Water to Brush Your Teeth
If you’re unsure of whether or not the tap water where you are staying is clean enough to drink, brush your teeth with bottled water. This way, you can avoid the risk of contamination from waterborne diseases.
Make sure to double-check with someone at your hotel or someone in town, just to be on the safe side.
Keep Your Children in Mind
For kids, oral hygiene is a necessary habit that they must take on themselves as they grow older. A great way to teach children about the importance of knowing how to take care of one's teeth is by not breaking your routines while on your trip.
Pack a good kids' toothbrush for baby teeth care, like Gold Mountain Beauty’s Baby Toddler Toothbrush. This one is perfect for little ones that are still teething or have sensitive gums.
Brush your teeth together if your child is resistant to brushing. Showing your kids how to have a good time on vacation while also nurturing healthy habits will allow them to enjoy taking care of themselves and being responsible.
Keep Gum Handy
Being stuck in a long flight or train ride means you most likely don’t have as much time to put into your oral health routine. Sugar-free breath mints and gum will help keep your mouth clean during long stretches in between brushes.
Chewing gum after a meal is also an easy way to fight cavities and ease air pressure while on a plane. Make sure to pack some in your carry-on bag while traveling as well.
Stay Away From Sugar
When you’re on a trip, you’re most likely going to indulge in foods you don’t eat on a daily basis. You know, the fatty, sugary, carb-heavy kind?
Though you’ve earned these treats and more, it’s important to watch how much sugar you’re consuming, as this can take its toll on your teeth and gums. Avoid tooth decay and gum disease by minimizing sugary treats.
Definitely go ahead and enjoy that slice of pie or that decadent scoop of artisan gelato. Just don’t make it a daily occurrence for seven days in a row.
The Ideal Oral Care Routine
Whether home or abroad, knowing how to take care of your teeth is critical, and it’s important to follow a thorough oral care routine.
By now, you probably know you should brush your teeth every day for two minutes, floss, and rinse your mouth. Cleaning your tongue with a brush or scraper is a bonus step to keep your mouth extra clean and fight bacteria to avoid gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.
Whitening, Detoxing, and More
A great way to keep your teeth not only healthy but looking great is through whitening.
If you’re on the hunt for a natural toothpaste that will be gentle enough for daily use, while also tackling tough stains, Gold Mountain Beauty’s Activated Charcoal Toothpaste uses activated charcoal to keep your teeth bright and shiny while using a formula that is 100% natural.
The Tuxedo Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitener + Detoxifier also fights stains and reduced gum swelling and redness, a sign of weakened gums vulnerable to gingivitis. Gold Mountain Beauty’s products are all vegan, cruelty-free, and made with organic ingredients, allowing for the optimal, worry-free, oral hygiene experience.
If you've recently had an oral procedure such as the removal of your wisdom teeth, it's important also to keep this in mind regarding your oral healthcare routine. Proper wisdom teeth removal care involves eating soft foods and avoiding contact with healing tooth sockets to allow for proper healing and recovery.