Spring break is the perfect time to get out of town, put our hectic lives on pause, and leave that “to-do” list behind. Whether you’re a student, parent, sibling, or simply a vacation lover, it’s an opportunity to embrace life rather than feel overwhelmed by it.

Your oral care may seem trivial when you’re on vacation, but reinforcing healthy habits on a daily basis has a big impact on your long-term health. Here are some last minute dental reminders before you pack your bags and hit the road from people who genuinely care. 

Don’t Let Yourself Get Sidetracked

It’s really easy to put things off, and eventually, forget to do them all together. Perhaps you’re a parent with kids begging you to leave the house. Or, maybe you’re so busy trying to be a good host that you forget to set aside a few minutes for yourself. Regardless of the situation you’re in, there is always time for a quick brush and floss. You need to take care of yourself before you take care of others, and that includes maintaining your dental hygiene.

Take Care of Your Dental Appointments

Are you due for a checkup? Tie up any loose ends ahead of time, so you don’t have anything to worry about while you’re out of town. If you have a dental problem arising, like swollen gums or sensitive teeth, you should speak with your dentist before booking anything out your calendar. The last thing you want is your spring break to be interrupted by a dental emergency!

Invest in Travel-friendly Dental Supplies

Most of the time, we assume that the places we are going will have everything we need – a tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, etc. But you shouldn’t rely on other people to take care of your dental hygiene for you. You should always have a to-go bag ready with everything you need to keep your mouth healthy. Not to mention, the extra step of finding or asking for dental supplies can cause you to put off your oral care. Don’t neglect your mouth to save room in your suitcase – just downsize!

Balance Your Diet with Healthy Alternatives

Quick stops at the gas station. Impulse buys on the boardwalk. A night out on the town with friends and family. Extra time to indulge in your cravings. Temptation is at an all-time high when you’re on spring break, and practicing self-discipline isn’t always easy. But if you plan ahead by packing healthy alternatives and set goals for yourself, staying in control of the situation won’t be as challenging. If you’re having that sugary cocktail at dinner, considering pairing it with a glass of water. Your teeth will thank you for it!

Sometimes a break in our routine can sidetrack us from the habits that reinforce a healthy lifestyle. After all, who is thinking about flossing when they’re relaxing on a beach or sunning by the pool? Don’t let a change in your environment make you lose sight of your personal health. Kick back, relax, and spare a few minutes to invest in your oral health!