As summer approaches and you plan your vacations and trips to visit your grandmother or any other place, it is time to ramp-up your oral travel kit. As you pack for your summer vacation, you will include your favorite pair of pajamas or favorite pair of shoes. The same applies to dental hygiene tools. They may not be your favorite but are essential to maintaining good oral health. The following are some of the oral hygiene tools you should pack with you as you prepare for your trip.

1. Toothbrush and toothpaste

Toothbrush and toothpaste are the basic and obvious tools you need while on vacation. Opt for travel sized toothpaste and a travel sized toothbrush to make them easier to pack. The ones that are travel sized are also small enough to fit into your carry-on bag without being bulky. If you want to be on top of your dental hygiene while away for Thanksgiving, these two are must-haves in your travel kit.

2. Flossers

While toothbrushes are convenient for getting rid of food particles and bacteria in your mouth, they cannot get in between the cracks and crevices in your mouth. Flossers, on the other hand, are efficient for eliminating any built-up plaque or excess food stuck in between your teeth. You can easily find the travel sized flossers that you can store in your purse or pocket as you go out. This makes it easy-to-grab and use after enjoying that barbeque without the embarrassment of pulling out a whole floss string. Do not also forget to include floss in your travel kit because they are also vital to your oral health.

3. Mouthwash

Mouthwash is an essential tool to include in your travel kit if you plan to fly internationally. When you spend many hours in a plane sleeping, bacteria in your mouth tends to build up, leaving your breath foul. Mouthwash can help you get rid of this foul breath before you land if you have no time to go to your room and freshen up. Just use the plane’s bathroom before you land to clean your mouth. This will get rid of any bacteria that has built-up and leave your breath fresh and new.

4. Sugar-Free Gum

If you are planning to travel internationally, a pack of sugar-free gum will come in handy during your flight. Chewing gum helps eliminate the plugged ear feeling when landing or taking off. It also helps in the production of saliva that is essential for your teeth. As you fly for many hours, your mouth tends to get dry, but chewing gum can help combat this. Chewing gum also helps reduce the likelihood of cavities and gives you a fresh feel and taste in your mouth. As soon as you land or while in the plane, pop up some gum.

When traveling, it is important to have a list of all the must-haves for your trip. It can be overwhelming and stressful packing without a detailed list of the essential items you need to carry. Without a list, you are bound to forget some vital oral hygiene tools. Ensure you carry all the items mentioned above in your travel kit and have a fun summer where you worry less about your dental hygiene and enjoy the warm weather more.

If you would like to learn more about tooth cavities, gum disease, or any dental health concerns, feel free to schedule an appointment. You can do this by calling us.

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