How to Maintain Oral Health While Traveling

September is one of the busiest months ,for travel. Between late summer vacations, getting children settled at college, or simply going on a business trip, the nation’s airports, highways, and train terminals are busier than ever.

Keeping your teeth healthy and clean while traveling doesn’t have to be difficult. But it can be challenging, especially with new federal rules regulating what travelers can and can’t take on an airplane. Here are some tips to make maintaining your oral health easier wherever you are going.

Essential Oral Health Supplies

To keep your brushing and flossing routine going while on the road, you need to have the right supplies. Typically, these will include a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. If you wear braces, have removable dentures, or other specialized dental appliances, you may require additional oral health supplies.

The main thing to remember is that you can’t bring anything larger than 3.4 ounces onto an airplane as part of your carry-on luggage, in your purse, or on your person. So if you want to bring larger bottles of mouthwash or other dental supplies, they need to be placed into checked luggage.

If you are taking a short trip and aren’t checking any luggage, consider purchasing “travel sized” mouthwash bottles. Or simply purchase mouthwash when you arrive at your destination.

Keep Your Good Habits

Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you should take a break from your normal brushing and flossing routine. When you are on vacation, you are more likely to eat rich, sugary foods or drink wine or other liquids the could stain your teeth or promote tooth decay.

So brushing and flossing are more important, not less important when you are on the road. Keep your good oral health habits wherever you go to ensure your teeth are always healthy and your smile is bright.

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