Let’s be honest. Oral health is definitely not the first, second, or even third item we think about when packing for a family vacation. Just like leaving all your underwear and socks at home by mistake can ruin your trip, so can bad oral hygiene. Here’s a packing checklist to ensure your oral health packing needs are met.
- Toothbrush and Holder
Brushing your teeth is the most important part of oral hygiene, and forgetting a toothbrush means going to a random drugstore and paying double the price. If you choose to pack your toothbrush with the rest of your cosmetics or loose in your doc kit, consider a toothbrush holder or cover. This keeps your bristles clean and free from dirt and dust that might collect and transfer to your teeth.
- Travel-sized… Everything
Most people choose to bring their cosmetics on the plane with them in order to prevent them from melting or exploding. In the case that you are bringing a carry-on with your dental supplies, be sure to get travel-sized toothpaste and mouthwash. The TSA has a very strict regimine that allows liquid up to 3.4 ounces allowed on a plane, and if it is more than that, they will throw it away or make you pack it with your checked-baggage.
- Sandwich Bag
When flying, the security area requires all liquids to be placed in a separate sandwich-sized bag to be individually screened. But even if you are taking a road trip, it is a good idea to pack all of your dental liquids in their own bag. This way, if one of them explodes from heat of pressure, it will be confined to a sealed area which avoids the destruction of all other cosmetics and even clothes!
- Sugar-free Gum
Carrying sugar-free gum with you helps to cover up bad breath in a hurry and also keeps your teeth clean. Since chewing gum creates large amounts of saliva, your mouth naturally rinses any remaining food, simultaneously scrubbing your enamel clean.
- Paraffin Wax
In case of an emergency, it is well worth it to pack a small amount of paraffin wax. It provides a covering for cracked or broken teeth and guards over-sensitive teeth from extreme temperatures or food consistencies. If you have a child with braces, they will praise you for remembering their wax. It guards their cheeks and tongue from constantly being scratched by the wires and brackets.
Next time you’re packing for a trip, remember to take a quick glance at this checklist to be sure you pack accordingly. If you or someone you know is travelling in the Houston, Texas area or if you are in need of dental assistance at anytime, contact Sugarland Dental Spa to set up an appointment.