Vacation, travel, or even busy days when you’re away from home most of the day can present a challenge to your dental routine. You might not be able to brush and floss according to your regular schedule, or you might have to use an unfamiliar toothbrush and toothpaste. As much as you can, when you’re traveling you should try to maintain your regular schedule as far as brushing and flossing and keep the best possible tools available.
Maintaining Your Regular Dental Routine While Traveling
When you’re away from home, try to stick with your regular routine as far as brushing and flossing. Carry a travel toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste—small enough that you won’t have a problem taking it with you on the plane. If you normally use an electric toothbrush, it might be easier to take a manual toothbrush with you. Just be sure to brush thoroughly and use a timer if you normally have a timer built in to your electric brush.
If you find yourself spending the night away from home without a toothbrush and toothpaste, check with your hotel. They often have brushes and toothpaste available in the hotel bathroom or for purchase in the hotel shop. Don’t go without, though—in most cases it’s not difficult to acquire the tools you need to keep your teeth clean throughout your trip.
Taking Care of Your Teeth On the Go
If you’re away from home for a shorter amount of time, but still expect to be away during a time you would normally brush or floss, have a travel brush and toothpaste with you if possible. This is particularly important if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Keep a travel toothbrush in your purse or briefcase so it’s available to clean your teeth after mealtimes. Also carry floss holders or picks specially made to clean between your teeth. If you need special tools to carry with you while you’re on the go, ask your dentist at Mountain Range Dentistry, serving Northglenn and surrounding areas, for recommendations.