As you gear up for the upcoming holiday season, you may be wondering how you can maintain your dental hygiene regimen while you travel to spend time with friends and family. Keeping healthy habits can be especially hard when you are on vacation, and can seem nearly impossible with all the sweets and treats of holiday meals. We want to help you maintain your oral health without sacrificing an enjoyable trip, so we have compiled a list of a few tips and tricks to help you along the way!
1. Start the season off with an oral exam and cleaning.
If your latest cleaning and exam are not current, now is a great time to bring your exam up-to-date and start the holiday season off with a clean, bright smile. We can address any issues at this appointment and get them under control before you begin your travels. No one wants a toothache when they are trying to enjoy holiday meals! By addressing these issues before your trip, you can better enjoy your holiday season.
2. Purchase a new toothbrush or toothbrush head to bring with you on your trip.
We always recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months and after each cleaning, so now is the best time to start fresh with a new toothbrush to accompany that fresh, clean smile. Make sure to talk with your dentist about what you should look for in a toothbrush and toothpaste to best suit your dental needs.
3. Avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth this holiday season.
Coffee, soda, red wine, dark berries, and chocolate are some of the most desired foods that can dull that bright smile. Fortunately, these foods are fine to enjoy with moderation as long as you brush your teeth and thoroughly rinse your mouth after consuming them.
4. Eat healthy snacks.
Avoid sugary foods and treats that are often found at gas stations or in snack bundles mid-flight. Instead, prepare ahead of time and pack healthy snacks such as carrots, broccoli, apple slices, and almonds. If you have braces or have a child who has braces, pack softer healthy snacks such as cheese and soft fruits. If you are traveling with children, these snacks are even more helpful as they won’t be bouncing off the walls from a sugar rush!
5. Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, and container of floss handy in your carry on.
Whenever you make a pit stop at a rest area or when you reach the next airport, be sure to brush and rinse thoroughly. Often traveling can upset your schedule and routine, so keeping your dental hygiene kit on you can help you continue your regimen even when you are on the go. Brushing your teeth can also help you feel refreshed after a long flight or drive, and it’s always nice to greet your loved ones with fresh breath! Remember that consistency is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy dental hygiene regimen. Keeping to your dental routine doesn’t have to go out the window once you leave home- just prepare ahead of time and always remember to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
6. Schedule your next exam and cleaning.
After the holiday season, you may find that you need a fresh, professional cleaning and exam. Talk with your dentist about how often you should be receiving cleanings, as frequency varies depending on your age and overall oral health.
Our team wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season, and we can’t wait to see you at your next exam and cleaning. To schedule yours today, contact us at (646) 866-7773.