We have many patients that come in before or after a vacation asking us about easy travel tips for good oral hygiene and clean, white teeth while on the go. At Advanced Dental Concepts, we recommend a consistent dental routine for healthy teeth.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing is the best way to prevent cavities, fight bad breath and prevent potential oral problems. It is easy to pack a toothbrush and floss and should be a mandatory on all travel checklists, but here are some additional travel tips to help your teeth feel fresh and clean through your next vacation.
Travel with Gum
Chewing gum is a great way to keep your breath and teeth feeling fresh and clean during times you can’t reach for your toothbrush and toothpaste while traveling. Choose gum that lasts awhile so you won’t have to pop in a new piece every few minutes. This reduces the amount of sugar in your mouth and can help reduce the amount of potential cavities. Chewing gum can also help regulate the saliva flow in your mouth, which helps reduce the likelihood of cavities and plaque build up.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
When traveling out of the country for extended periods of time, make sure to get a check up and teeth cleaning with Dr. Jorgensen, a General Dentist in Vancouver, Washington, before you leave the country. If you are visiting a developing country, it is a good idea to check with the health department of ministry in the destination city to see what national guidelines they have for dentists. This will save you a lot of time when traveling abroad if you suddenly have to deal with a dental emergency.
Plan Surgery Accordingly
If you have to get oral surgery and plan to take a trip immediately following, you may want to reconsider. It is important to be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. You want to make sure you are aware of any follow up appointments, as those are important for your dental recovery. Consider planning vacations and upcoming trips a few months apart from any major dental surgery and appointments.
Be Prepared for Dental Emergencies While Traveling The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has a Traveler’s Guide to Safe Dental Care, which includes a checklist for safe dental treatment abroad.
A little bit of preparation goes a long way, traveling or otherwise – these travel tips can help ensure good dental health!