A lot of families are probably getting ready to go on a big, fun vacation just before school gets going again, but just because you are leaving behind your regular worries and routines doesn’t mean you should skip out on a strict oral health schedule. Being on vacation usually leads to more sweets, sodas, and other foods that can have a negative effect on dental health. It’s important to enjoy yourselves of course, but don’t leave brushing flossing, and all the rest behind. Follow these five steps to make sure your kids keep up with their teeth no matter where they are:
- Be up to date with the dentist: Planning for a vacation, taking the time off of work, and getting travel plans in line can easily lead to forgetting some things on your to-do list. Make sure that your kids are up to date on their visits or even take advantage of this time off to get them in for their regular check-ups before you head out of town.
- Have a travel kit: Traveling with security regulations and the hustle to get everything ready makes it easy to forget or leave behind the tools you need for great oral health away from home. Make sure that you have floss, toothbrushes, and travel size mouthwash and toothpaste that will last the vacation but make it past security checkpoints. Some families have found it useful to take advantage of disposable toothbrushes that can be taken on the go and used after a sweet vacation treat.
- Protect your toothbrush: Bringing your regular toothbrush on a trip is an easy way to expose the bristles to bacteria from luggage and new surfaces. Closed covers that snap easily around the ends of toothbrushes are available to keep your brush clean and ready for use. It’s also a good idea to seal it up in a plastic bag when it’s in your dock kit or suitcase.
- Keep treats to a minimum: It’s vacation and everyone is going to want to enjoy some great food from exciting new places. Plan to balance some treats and splurges with healthier snack options. It might be a bit of a hassle to keep fresh fruit and veggies around while traveling, but it’s well worth the extra effort for keeping your kid’s health as a top priority.
- Keep the routine: On vacation it’s easier to stay up later and skip out on the normal routine back at home. Make sure that your kids still brush and floss for just as long as they do back at home. Try to keep them brushing after every meal and paying attention to their oral health.