Friday, December 12, 2014

Traveling and Oral Health: Tooth Tips for the Holidays

We don’t have to tell you: the winter holidays mark one of the busiest seasons of the year. With shopping, parties and vacations jam-packed on the calendar, it’s no wonder that many people take shortcuts when it comes to oral health maintenance during this time. If you are traveling during the holiday season and you want to avoid a January surprise cavity (or worse), here are some simple tooth travel tips to help you keep your smile intact.
  1.  Don’t leave home with a toothache! If you suspect you have any lurking problems in your mouth, schedule an appointment prior to your travel date so that you don’t end up with a tooth emergency while out of town. Research emergency dental clinics in your destination city and have those numbers handy to ensure that your time off is as relaxing as possible.
  2. No one ever regrets buying travel-sized gear. Keeping a travel toothbrush, floss and toothpaste on hand in addition to trial sizes of your favorite toiletries reduces your packing time, and not just during the holidays.
  3. Splurge on probiotics! Diseases and germs run rampant in buses, airports and other communal places that you might encounter during your trip. Researchers believe that probiotics are not only good for the gut; they may help maintain optimal oral health too!
  4. Toothbrushes don’t last forever! Generally, dentists recommend that you buy a new toothbrush every two to three months when at home. However if you are traveling, your toothbrush is exposed to even more bacteria. It’s best to toss it when you return home and swap it for a fresh brush, even if it hasn’t hit the three-month mark yet.
  5. Chewing gum is a limitless oral-health-on-the-go tip! Bringing sugar-free gum with you has multiple benefits; not only does it taste good and make your breath smell fresh, but the gum can help remove food that may be stuck in your teeth as well, acting as a secondary toothbrush.
Always consult a dentist before changing your dental habits, schedule your appointment today. We have three Austin locations for your convenience.

Posted by Dr. Kronenwett on Nov 5th, 2014 8:18 am  
Dr. Kronenwett. "Traveling and Oral Health: Tooth Tips for the Holidays." Traveling and Oral Health: Tooth Tips for the Holidays. 5 Nov. 2014. Web. 12 Dec. 2014. <>.


  1. I know it isn't the holiday season anymore but your tips seem like they would be helpful for any traveler. My husband travels a lot. I think he could really benefit from your tips to chew sugar-free gum. It seems like chewing gum could help freshen up his mouth when he can't brush his teeth.

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to share this informative post with us. This will be helpful to people on protecting their dental health when traveling for the holidays. Have a great rest of your day.
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