Home for the Holidays: 7 Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene While Traveling

oral hygiene while travelingWith the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us will be traveling to visit with family, friends, and loved ones. However, no matter if you are traveling near or far this holiday season, it is important to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.

Here are a few ways to help keep your teeth and gums healthy while on the go this holiday season.

Ventilate Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush holder without ventilation holes in it can keep moisture locked inside, which causes bacteria to grow. Avoid this by finding a toothbrush holder that contains ventilation holes, or is large enough to circulate air.

Let it Dry

If you are going to be in the same place for a longer period of time, make sure to store your toothbrush outside its carrying case in order for it to dry properly. A damp and moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria, and nobody wants that kind of present for the holidays!

Use Travel Size

When traveling, small, compact items are often easier to carry and use. Make sure to pick up a travel-sized toothpaste and mouthwash. These are also often small enough to pack in your carry on, so you can use them mid-flight, if necessary.

Pack an Extra

You’d be amazed at how quickly something bad can happen to your toothbrush when traveling. It’s always handy to have an extra!

Only Use Water You’d Drink

If you wouldn’t drink out of the tap because it’s not safe, don’t use it to brush your teeth either! Keep bottled water or treated water handy if you’re traveling to a place with unsafe tap water.

Don’t Overindulge in Sugar

The holiday seasons—and vacations, in general—are often an excuse to partake in as much sugar and sweets as possible. However, sugar-laden treats are terrible for oral hygiene and can really do a number on your teeth. Make sure to keep your sugar intake to a healthy minimum to avoid tooth decay.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Floss

Floss is often overlooked, but it’s one of the best ways to clean your teeth!


Don’t forget to schedule a cleaning for after the holidays—we’re here to help get your oral hygiene back on track after the holiday season, or anytime of the year! Contact us online, or by using the brief form below: