It’s December and that means traveling to see family during the holidays, but it doesn’t mean skipping out on your dental health routine. During this festive season, it is more important than ever to properly care for your teeth. Today, HomeTown Dental is sharing a few dental health travel tips to make sure you enjoy your time with family without worrying about your teeth.

When You Forget a Toothbrush

We’ve all had this happen to us at least once. Everything is packed and you arrive at your destination only to find you have forgotten your toothbrush at home.  If you can’t just go pick up a replacement, then using a clean rag or even your finger will suffice. However, this isn’t a long-term solution and we wouldn’t recommend this as a substitute for packing your toothbrush.

Proper Toothbrush Storage: Ditch the Travel Bag

Ideally, your toothbrush should be allowed to dry between uses. Travel cases for toothbrushes seem like a great idea, but they actually prevent your brush from drying and the moist environment can encourage bacterial growth. Instead, store them in a small carrying case that has holes for ventilation. When a toothbrush is wet and in an enclosed, tight storage device such as a plastic bag, it can quickly develop bacteria.

Visit the Dentist Before You Travel

You shouldn’t go out of town with a toothache. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, make an appointment with your dentist before you leave. You don’t want to have a dental emergency away from home. If you have had restorative dental treatment, be sure to have your dentist check them before you fly. When air gets trapped in your teeth it can expand or contract at extreme altitudes, causing pain, inflammation and even the possibility of losing fillings, crowns or dentures.

Pack Sugarless Gum

One of our favorite dental health travel tips, taking some sugarless gum with you on vacation, can be really helpful with relieving ear pressure during a flight. Sugarless gum can also help fight cavities and keep your teeth clean between brushing.  Make sure the gum has xylitol in it because that’s what helps fight cavity-causing bacteria.

We hope these dental health travel tips help keep you and your family smiling all season long! If you have any questions regarding travel or need an appointment before you do, contact us, your local HomeTown Dental today.