Vacations. They are a time of pure delight and relaxation, but you should never let the excitement of being away from the daily grind get in the way of great dental hygiene.

Far too many people tend to let their normal oral health slide when traveling for pleasure, or even for work. Why?

- They are out of their routines.
- They stay up so late that they are “too tired” to brush or floss their teeth.
- They eat more treats than usual, and at odd times of the day or night.
- They forget to bring proper dental cleaning items with them, such as floss or dentist-approved toothpaste.

Instead of risking development of decay or gum issues when you visit new places, practice some of these tips.

Tip #1: Specially pack your dental equipment
Make a point to put all your dental equipment in one bag so you never forget anything. Add a back-up toothbrush, just in case. Although hotels will often give out free toothbrushes, their varieties are limited, usually with bristles too hard for your gums.

Tip #2: Stay on a morning-night routine.

No matter what time you get up or go to sleep, make a pact with yourself: Brush and floss your teeth. Not only will your mouth just feel better, but you will keep any problems at bay.

Tip #3: Floss after major meals.

Do you have a habit of diving into foods that get stuck in your teeth while on the go? Carry dental floss with you in your bag, pocket or purse and be sure to remove any residue between your teeth after meals.

Tip #4: Drink plenty of water.
Water helps your teeth stay in tiptop shape by naturally removing particles of food from the surfaces of your crowns. Plus, it just makes sense to have a bottle or glass of H2O at all times for your overall health.

Tip #5: Visit your dental provider when you return from traveling.

When you get back from your trip, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist in Kennewick, WA. Many patients come to us for professional hygiene cleanings after being on the road for a week or longer. We are always pleased to welcome current and new individuals into the practice, and help them protect their teeth.