If you are planning a trip away, then take a few moments to consider your dental health. While travelling, it is important to follow a good oral care routine and take precautions to avoid developing problems when away from home. Here are some tips to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums so you can focus on enjoying yourself rather than worrying about your oral health.
Pack Your Travel Dental Kit First
Usually, your toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss are the last items to be packed as you use them until the last moment. As a result, they are easily left behind. Instead, get ahead by purchasing a new toothbrush, toothpaste and floss so you can pack these items immediately.
Using an Alternative Toothbrush
If you do reach your destination without a toothbrush, you can still keep your teeth clean until you can purchase a new one. Rinsing your mouth with plain water will help get rid of bacteria, and you can use a clean finger coated with a little toothpaste to brush your teeth carefully. If you are staying in a hotel, ask reception if spare toothbrushes are available. Many hotels keep some in stock for these situations.
Keep Your Toothbrush Clean
When you are at home, you probably rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after using it before standing it in an upright position in a holder to allow it to dry naturally. Ensure you follow the same routine when away from home, placing your toothbrush in a glass where it cannot contact anybody else’s toothbrush to dry naturally. If this is impossible, place your toothbrush in a clean plastic bag exposure to germs is lower.
Use a Safe Water Supply
We take clean water for granted, but if you are travelling, you may be in an area where the water isn’t safe to use. In this case, use bottled water when brushing your teeth. If your toothbrush is exposed to an unsafe water supply, replace it as soon as possible, just in case it is contaminated. Otherwise, rinse it thoroughly with bottled water.
Book a Dental Exam and Cleaning Before You Go
If it is time for your regular dental checks, book your appointment before you go so you gain peace of mind knowing your smile is healthy. We can ensure there are no potential problems, providing necessary restorative dentistry treatments and reducing your risk of a dental emergency while away. A professional dental cleaning helps protect your dental health and is a great way to freshen your smile in time for your trip.
Be Prepared for Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can still occur while you are away, even when you take sensible precautions. Ensure you have our contact information on your phone so you can get in touch or email us about any problems. We can provide helpful advice and information immediately and, if necessary, can get you booked in to see our dentist soon after your return.