Summer is fully upon us and so is the Texas heat. For many people, summer offers the ideal time to take a vacation. According to Statistic Brain, around 45% of Americans take a summer vacation; that’s over 144 million traveling Americans!

 

Unfortunately, when packing for a trip, dental health is often overlooked. Maintaining good dental health requires daily care, even while traveling.

 

Here are 7 dental tips to help you maintain superb dental health during your summer vacation.

 

Pack the Essentials

It’s so easy to forget to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, especially if you’re in a rush.

 

Instead of trying to remember to pack the toothbrush and toothpaste you’re currently using, buy a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste. Immediately put the toothbrush and toothpaste in a bag you’re taking on the trip; this will ensure that at the very least you’ve got the dental care essentials.

 

Red toothbrush in blue travel case

 

Don’t Forget the Floss

Flossing helps remove about 40% of plaque that coats your teeth. Plaque that isn’t removed hardens into tartar, which can lead to periodontal disease or tooth decay.

 

Make sure you remember to carry floss in your bag. There are many different flossing options, but standard string floss tends to be the most effective choice.

 

Drink Lots of Water

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the heat of the summer months. In order to be fully alert and to fully enjoy your summer vacation, you need to drink plenty of water.

 

Additionally, water is crucial in maintaining dental health. A dry mouth is an ideal environment for tooth decay, but drinking water throughout the day combats this by keeping your mouth hydrated.

 

Drinking water with your meals offers an effective way to prevent tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth feed off food particles and produce harmful acids that destroy your enamel. Water helps rinse your mouth and reduces your risk of tooth decay.

 

Bottle of water

 

Pack Sugar-Free Gum

Another essential to pack when traveling is sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal helps guard your teeth from decay.

 

The action of chewing stimulates saliva production, which helps rinse your mouth of lingering food particles and bacteria.

 

Choose Snacks Wisely

If you want a snack on the road or during your flight, avoid sugary foods and sticky foods that remain in your mouth for a long period of time. Sugar acts as a fuel for tooth decay.

 

Instead, consider the following snacks that support healthy teeth:

  • Cheese
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers

 

After snacking, make sure to wash the food particles away with water.

 

Bring Your Dental Appliances

If you have removable dental appliances, make sure to pack the appropriate cases and cleaning solutions.

 

If you wear retainers, you need to continue to wear them during the vacation to maintain straight teeth.

 

Top and bottom pink acrylic retainers next to purple blue case

 

Maintain Your Dental Care Routine

While it may be difficult to do so, try to practice good dental care while travelling. The best way to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease is through your daily dental care routine.

 

Man brushing teeth with yellow toothbrush

 

To preserve a beautiful, healthy smile, don’t take a vacation from your dental care.

 

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.