Dental Tips While Traveling
If you are planning on doing some traveling it can be difficult to keep up with your oral health and maintain your teeth depending on your schedule. When preparing for any type of trip, especially if you’re going to be spending time in a remote location, it’s very important that you dedicate some time to your oral health. Here are some top dental tips that you can use while traveling:
Going for an exam before your trip: Going for a dental exam before leaving for a lengthy vacation is extremely important. Working with your dentist to ensure that you have had a dental exam within the last six months of traveling is important. This is one of the best ways to make certain all your dental work is up to date and to prevent emergency dental work elsewhere.
Researching in case of emergency: Having a reputable dentist in the country that you are traveling to or the contact info of your dentist can help make your trip more pleasurable in the event you may require emergency dental work. If you cannot contact your dentist or find appropriate help, you could consider going to an embassy or consulate to seek recommendation for a local dentist. In many cases, your local consulate or embassy, will point you in the right direction for the best dental expert in the area.
Always use approved dental tools: If you forgot your toothbrush it is possible to rinse away an extensive amount of bacteria with water and a washcloth. It’s always advised, however, that you locate the nearest drugstore and purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste to maintain best oral care for your teeth.
Properly transporting your toothbrush: It’s always important to let your toothbrush air dry before placing it into a container. Keeping your toothbrush in a resealable bag is a great way to ensure that your toothbrush will remain clean. Travelling with a small container of mouthwash is also recommended for proper oral care.
Bringing along gum: Bringing along sugar-free gum is great while travelling. Chewing gum for around 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent cavities and get your saliva flowing. Ask your dentist about the best type of ADA approved gum to take with you while on vacation.
Consider brushing with bottled water: Depending on where you are travelling, brushing with bottled water, can help reduce the chances of getting sick while maintaining your oral health.