Oral Health Tips While Traveling

If you’re like most people, your summer season will include some travel. Regardless of how far you go or how long you’re gone, here’s a list of teeth tips to consider before and during your trip. Safe travels!

Check-up before you head out. Prevention is key in oral health. Before you temporarily lose access to your dentist, stop in for a quick visit and make sure all is well. While you’re there, consider a whitening treatment to help your smile shine in all of your vacation photos.

Be prepared for the unexpected. You never know when a dental emergency will pop up. Have your dentist’s contact info handy, and don’t be afraid to use it. It can be difficult to know whether or not your issue needs to be addressed immediately or not, and if you keep up with regular visits, your dentist can often help you over the phone. Call them! That’s what they’re there for.

Know who to trust. If you are overseas and find yourself in need of a dentist, it is advised that you get in touch with the local consulate or U.S. embassy. They will be able to give your the best recommendation on who to call.

No toothbrush, no problem! Did you know that the toothbrush is one of the most forgotten hygiene products? Ironic, considering it’s importance. But if you find yourself without it, you can rinse vigorously with water to wash away some of the bacteria. You can also use some toothpaste on a clean washcloth or your finger. These, of course, are temporary fixes, and you should look to replace your brush as soon as you can get to the drugstore.

Properly transporting your toothbrush is crucial. At home, it’s recommended to allow your brush to air dry, but when traveling, that’s not always possible. One of the best ways to protect your brush in your luggage is by storing it in a resealable plastic bag. When you reach your destination, open the bag and allow it to dry.

Keep sugar-free chewing gum handy. Research has shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can stimulate saliva flow, helping to prevent cavities. It’s also great for relieving ear pressure during your flight.

Brushing with bottled water is always on option. If you’re travelling somewhere with a questionable water supply, use bottled water to brush. It’s incredible how little tainted water is necessary to get you sick.

Get back on the train, after you’ve gotten off your plane. We all have a tendency to let things slide while we’re on vacation. We may eat more sweets, consume more alcohol, exercise less, and even let our brushing and flossing slip. Don’t let it derail you in the long run! Just get back on track when you get home, brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.

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