If you will be leaving on an extended trip, make sure it won’t interfere with any dental needs.
It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your dentist prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without adequate dental care options. This quick exam will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.
Are You Having Dental Work Prior to Your Trip?
Another important consideration; if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss them with your dentist. Much dental care is actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.
Oral Surgery and Air Travel
Also, if you’re leaving by plane, you should be aware that changes in cabin pressure may cause tooth pain or discomfort for individuals who have just had oral surgery.
In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.
Dental Tips for Traveling
Many men and women put their toothbrushes in plastic containers for traveling. If your container isn’t ventilated, be sure to give your toothbrush some air every day. If it never dries out, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you don’t trust water safety at your hotel or other accommodations, you will probably buy bottled water to drink. If that’s the case, use bottled water to brush your teeth. If the tap water is contaminated, you don’t want it in your mouth.
Also, stock up on sugarless or Xylitol gum in case you find yourself in a situation where you can’t brush your teeth. Chewing gum stimulates saliva which neutralizes the acid in your mouth.