Road Trip Tips for Miles of Healthy Smiles

May 28, 2015

Summer is just around the corner!  Sunshine, warm weather, no school, and peak travel season are almost here.  

If you’re planning to hit the road this summer, don’t forget to plan for your smile.  That’s right.  Your smile care routine doesn’t have to end at the onramp.  

For miles of healthy smiles, add these items to your road trip checklist before you back out of the driveway. 

Pack smart snacks.

Junk food has a dark side—it’s bad for your figure and your smile.  For a sweet treat, bring fresh fruits.  If you want something salty, pack nuts or whole grain crackers with cheese. 

Load up on sugarless gum.

It’s one of the Tooth Fairy’s top tips because chewing xylitol gum serves two purposes.  First, it’ll keep you from continuous snacking on long stretches of highway.  Second, it’s a great way to clean your teeth between meals when you can’t brush. 

Bring plenty of water.

Coffee, energy drinks, and sodas may give you a quick boost, but they’re full of sugar which is bad for your figure and smile.  So, swap them out with water.  It’s even better if it’s tap water from home.

Pack back-up for your smile.

Sometimes the best plans go awry and sometimes things get left at hotels along the way and some convenience stores don’t have what you need.  Be prepared and pack an extra toothbrush and travel-sized backups of all your smile care products.  No one wants to be stuck in a car for hours with stinky breath.

Know your dental benefits.

Dental emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere—even far from home.  Familiarize yourself with your coverage just in case something happens on the road.  You can view your coverage easily and quickly through your MySmile® Personal Benefits Center 

Now you, and your smile, are ready to hit the road!  Where are you road tripping to this summer?