Ever feel like you leave your health to chance while on vacation? Indulge the smart way with some simple dental travel tips
Our dentists in Garden Grove hear all the excuses when patients don’t have the best approach to oral health – but one of the funniest excuses you might be able to come up with for poor oral health is “I was on vacation.”
If you’re getting ready to travel and you’re worried about your dental hygiene or you’re already on the road and you’re looking for ways to be better about your teeth – here’s some tips:
Pack a dental emergency kit
Okay, so toothpaste, a toothbrush, mouthwash, and floss are essential. That’s just a starting point. But if you’re traveling abroad – especially for an extended period of time, you might want a few extra things in your kit, including:
- An extra toothbrush: cheap is fine, just make sure you have a backup – because it’s easy to leave your main toothbrush behind, and you never know how far away the next pharmacy is.
- Some dental wax: this could be in a tiny container in your travel kit, but the small amount of space and weight it requires could save you money and discomfort in the event of a chip or crack. On top of this, if you experience a loose filling or crown – dental wax can be used to keep it in place until you can find a proper solution.
- Dental cement: if you know you have an issue with a crown or filling, it also can’t hurt to have some dental cement on hand as well.
Know what to do in an emergency
Traveling anywhere requires you to change your perspective and adapt in a different way. It’s part of the challenge, and it can be an incredibly rewarding experience – even if you run into trouble, such as with your teeth.
The best, first step is knowing what needs to be done in general. What would you do back home? – now just adapt that to wherever you might be.
Start with the basics by understanding what a dental emergency truly is, and what might be able to wait until you get home: