4 Tips On How To Have Healthy Teeth While Traveling

When you are out traveling, bringing too much can be inconvenient. Although we want to have everything ready, we want to save ourselves from the hassle of bulky baggage.

Still, even though we are away from home and has less stuff, it is imperative to include in our travel necessities tools in keeping our oral health in check wherever we go.


Why is brushing important?

We have practiced brushing as early as we could speak. Our parents have always called us out when we miss a session of brushing. But many continue to disregard the simple act of cleaning our teeth.

A day without brushing can cause more problems than you expect. When you don’t brush, you give bacteria more time to feed on leftover particles, form a bacterial film called plaque, and attack the enamel. This attack on the enamel can weaken the teeth and cause dental problems.


What can I do to keep my teeth healthy away from home?

Maintaining a dental care regimen while on the road is possible and straightforward especially if you have the necessary tools to do so.

  1. Pack the needed tools to clean your teeth first above anything else.

The number one priority when it comes to packing oral care necessities is a toothbrush. You can bring your toothbrush along with you or secure a compact toothbrush like a foldable one before going on a trip. With a small toothbrush, you can save space.

Because stores in the place you are going may not sell toothbrushes, it is essential to already have one with you. And although most hotels provide toothbrushes, this may still depend on the place you are staying.

Sharing a toothbrush is also a no-no. When you share a toothbrush, the tendency to also share the bacteria in it is very likely which will only counter the intended benefit of the toothbrush.

Toothpaste is also available in travel sizes. Like toothbrushes, having toothpaste with you will save you from the hassle of looking around for one.

  1. Eat tooth-friendly snacks

Aside from having oral hygiene devices, being wary of what goes in your mouth is also a way of caring for your mouth. Even while away on a trip and enjoying good food is tempting, make sure to eat the right food. Enjoy less sugary, starchy, and hard food.

While on the road and you feel like grabbing chips, opt for nuts or cheese which are better for your teeth as they can stimulate saliva. On the other hand, chips can get stuck between your teeth.

  1. Go sugarless with your chewing gum

If water and food are unavailable, you can chew sugarless gum to at least keep your mouth fresh and moist. Saliva is very important in maintaining oral health as it helps combat bacteria.

  1. Drink water, water, water, and water.

Drinking water is also a way to keep your teeth clean while on a trip. After a meal, drink a glass of water to wash away food particles hiding in your mouth. With the help of water, food particles and plaque will be less likely to accumulate and linger inside your mouth.

9 Foods You Should Never Leave Hawaii Without Trying

Hawaii is a haven of everything nice. From the breathtaking sand beaches, to the jaw-dropping cliff diving spots, the Aloha State has a lot to offer to our plate, figuratively and literally.

Aside from enjoying the waters of the Islands, fill your stomach with must-try delicacies best served at the Paradise of the Pacific.



Often served as an appetizer, poke is salad made from raw seafood like tuna, salmon, octopus, or shellfish. Poke was first made by fishermen as a snack using cut-offs from their catch and seasoning.

Poke seasonings, having been influenced by Asian cuisines, include sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, chili pepper, sea salt, wasabi, onions, among others.

You can grab a taste of this local salad at Da Poke Shack on the Big Island or at Tamashiro fish market in Honolulu.



Manapua was brought to the Hawaiian Islands by Chinese plantation workers as cha siu bao, a Cantonese barbecue-flavored pork-filled bun.

Although larger than cha siu bao, manapua has not diverted far from its Chinese counterpart. It can also be steamed or baked, and be filled with pork, chicken, beans, hot dog, sweet potato, to name a few.

Manapua is available in restaurants, convenience stores, and bakeries like Libby Manapua Shop in Honolulu.


Spam Musubi

Onigiri is for Japan, while Spam musubi is for Hawaii. This simple creation is a staple snack in Hawaii found in convenience stores, cafeterias, and can easily be made at home.

Spam was immensely popular in Hawaii after the Second World War, becoming a ubiquitous food product in the Aloha State.

Spam musubi is made by frying a slice of Spam soaked in a sugar-soy sauce mixture and assembled with rice and wrapped with nori.



Developed during the plantation era in Hawaii, saimin is a soup dish influenced by different immigrant groups. This comfort food is made with egg noodles, dashi broth, topped with deli ham, fishcake, and green onion.


Huli Huli Chicken

Huli, a Hawaiian word for “turn”, best describes this Hawaiian dish as it involves turning or rotating the chicken to cook. Huli huli chicken was developed by Portuguese-American businessman Ernest Morgado.

The chicken is barbecued over wood and basted with a sweet sauce whose recipe was never revealed by Morgado but is said to consist of pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger.

Still, various variations of the sauce recipe have emerged through the years as well as other ways to prepare the chicken.


Loco Moco

Another known comfort dish in Hawaii, loco moco is a filling rice dish which consists of white rice, topped with hamburger patty, fried egg, and brown gravy.

It is a well-known Hawaiian dish with variations including Spam, bacon, teriyaki beef, shrimp, ham, chili, among others. Café 100 in Hilo features 30 types of loco moco.



A malasada is Portuguese confection brought to Hawaii in the late 1870s by plantation workers. These sweet treats are deep-fried and resemble a doughnut coated in sugar.

Although traditional malasadas do not have fillings or holes, contemporary variations of these confections are filled with cream or other fillings.


Shave Ice

Shave ice is the perfect match to Hawaii’s tropical climate. Made by shaving ice and generously pouring syrups, a shave ice is Hawaii’s iconic frozen treat brought to the island by Japanese laborers during the plantation era.

Shave ice in Hawaii is often flavored with guava, pineapple, coconut cream, kiwi, mango, li hing mui, etc.


Hawaiian Plate

A Hawaiian plate is one of the best way to experience the mouthwatering goodness of Hawaiian dishes. A plate often consists of a scoop of rice, kalua pork which a pork cooked using an underground oven or imu, chicken laulau which is wrapper in taro or luau leaf, pipikaula or salted and dried beef, lomi lomi salmon which is a fresh tomato and salmon salad, poi, and kulolo.