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Do you need some travel tips for an upcoming family vacation? It can be difficult to keep up with healthy habits while traveling on a family vacation, but you should not compromise. Remember to always care for your teeth and gums, and remind the kids to do so also. Here are the dentist’s travel tips for keeping a white and healthy smile.

Pack smart

Does a regular tube of toothpaste take up too much space in your travel bag? Instead of packing a large tube, select a travel-size tube of toothpaste. Make sure the toothpaste totals less than three ounces if you are flying to your vacation destination. You can even put a pack of travel toothbrushes (like the Colgate Wisp) into your purse or backpack for brushing anywhere. Travel-sized mouthwashes and floss are available at stores also.

Protect your toothbrush

Use a toothbrush case or cover to keep bristles germ-free in luggage. Cover your toothbrush in bathrooms also. You can find toothbrush covers at most places where oral care products are sold. Just remember to let the toothbrush dry, especially once you get home, so it is not always damp inside the case.

Chew sugar free gum

Sugar free chewing gum is one of the dentist’s favorite travel tips; that may come as a surprise. Keep a pack of sugar-free gum in your pocket or small bag throughout your vacation. Did you know that sugar free gum increases saliva flow to wash away particles and neutralize acids? This minimizes the growth of cavity-causing bacteria to keep the mouth healthy. Chew the sugarless gum after meals and snacks and if you are away from your belongings for an extended time.

Continue your healthy teeth routines

You do not have to change your healthy routines, even though vacation may mean staying up late. Always brush at least two times per day with fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth before going to bed. This is especially important if you indulge in sugary or sticky treats while having fun on your vacation.

For more travel tips, visit the American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy site, which also includes oral care suggestions for international travel.