It may be more difficult to remember healthy habits while traveling on vacation, but you really should not compromise. Make sure you are caring for your teeth and gums, and that the kids are doing so also.

Protect your toothbrush

Use a toothbrush case or cover to keep bristles clean in luggage. Since you do not always know how sanitized your vacation lodging may be, 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 so it is not always damp inside the case.

Pack wisely

A regular tube of toothpaste can take up too much space in your travel bag. Instead of packing a large tube, select a travel tube of toothpaste. If you are flying to your vacation destination, make sure the toothpaste totals less than three ounces. You can even toss 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 as well.

Continue your healthy routines

Your vacation schedule may mean more eating out or staying up late, but do not change your healthy routines. Always brush at least twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and floss before going to bed. This is especially important if you indulge in not-so-healthy foods while having fun on your vacation.

Chew sugarless gum

If you are away from your lodging for an extended time and you do not have disposable toothbrushes with you, keep a pack of sugar-free gum in your pocket or small bag. Chew the sugarless gum after meals and snacks. Gum increases saliva flow to wash away particles and helps to neutralize acids. This minimizes the growth of cavity-causing bacteria to keep the mouth healthy.

Visit the American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy site for more travel tips, including some for international travel.