Keeping Your Smile Bright: Oral Hygiene Tips for the Traveler

Whether you’re embarking on a globe-trotting adventure or just taking a weekend getaway, keeping your smile bright and healthy while traveling is essential. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, we understand the challenges that travel can pose to your oral hygiene routine. Here are some practical oral care tips for the on-the-go explorer.

1. Portable Essentials for On-the-Road Oral Care

When space is at a premium in your travel bag, opt for compact oral care essentials:

  • Travel-Sized Toothbrush: Invest in a smaller, travel-friendly toothbrush with a protective cap to keep it clean in transit.
  • Mini Toothpaste Tubes: Many toothpaste brands offer miniature versions perfect for travelers.
  • Floss Picks: Convenient and easy to pack, floss picks are an excellent alternative to traditional floss.
  • Collapsible Cup: Use a foldable cup for rinsing your mouth after brushing. It takes up minimal space and is environmentally friendly.

2. Keep It Clean: Sanitization Matters

Maintaining good hygiene while traveling is paramount. Here’s how to keep your oral care items clean:

  • Rinse Toothbrush and Cap: After use, rinse your toothbrush and cap with bottled water and allow them to air dry.
  • Use Sanitizer: Consider using a small bottle of hand sanitizer before handling your oral care items if clean water isn’t readily available.

3. Watch Your Diet and Hydration

Exploring new cuisines is one of the joys of travel, but it can challenge your oral health. Follow these tips:

  • Moderation is Key: Enjoy exotic treats in moderation and be mindful of sugary or acidic foods that can harm your teeth.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a reusable water bottle and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Water helps rinse away food particles and keeps your mouth moist.
  • Limit Alcohol and Sugary Drinks: Alcoholic and sugary beverages can contribute to tooth decay. Consume them sparingly.

4. Maintain Your Routine

While the scenery changes, your oral care routine shouldn’t. Stick to your regular schedule:

  • Brushing: Continue brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use the travel-sized toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing: Don’t skip flossing. Pack floss picks or travel-sized floss to keep your gums healthy.

5. Stay Prepared for Emergencies

Unforeseen dental issues can arise during your travels. Be prepared:

  • Travel-Sized Dental First Aid Kit: Include items like dental wax for orthodontic issues, pain relievers, and a list of local dentists in your destination.
  • Contact Your Dentist: Save the contact details of Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, (785) 272-3864, in case you need assistance or advice during your trip.

Your Smile, Our Priority

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of maintaining your smile, whether you’re at home in Topeka or exploring the world. Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, are here to support your oral health journey.

A Bright Smile Awaits: Contact Us Today!

Are you ready to ensure your smile remains radiant during your travels? Contact Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry at (785) 272-3864, serving Topeka, KS, and the surrounding areas. Maintain your dazzling smile, no matter where your adventures take you!


  1. American Dental Association. “Traveler’s Guide to Dental Care”. [ADA Website]
  2. Mayo Clinic. “Oral Health: A Window to Your Overall Health”. [Mayo Clinic Website]
  3. Colgate. “Dental Health for Travelers”. [Colgate Website]