7 Travel Tips for your Teeth

Summer is the biggest travel time for families with school aged children and also those without kids.  The weather is great, the long days make for extended time for daily adventures and the nostalgia of summer break never gets old, no matter how old you are.  While you hang on to the last days of summer and plan your remaining vacations we have 7 travel tips to consider to keep your teeth and smile happy.

  1. Make time for regular check ups:  Schedule your 6 month check up and cleanings before you leave on vacation to prevent any surprise tooth issues while you are away.  Prevention is always the best way to protect yourself from urgent issues and extra hassles while away.
  2. In Case of Emergency:  Have our office contact info in your cell phone or keep a business card in your wallet. Often if you think you need to talk to somebody, you probably do and many times your dentist can help you over the phone, especially if you have been having regular office visits.  Your dentist can help you determine if you need to be seen right away or it you can schedule an appointment upon your return home.
  3. Forget Your Toothbrush? Oops. If you find yourself temporarily without a toothbrush, you can rinse vigorously with water to wash away some of that cavity-causing bacteria. You could also put some toothpaste on a clean washcloth or your clean finger in a pinch. When you can get to the nearest drugstore, look for a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.  If you can’t find any Seal products, buy the softest brush you can find.
  4. Proper Toothbrush Transport:  Air drying is how you keep your toothbrush clean at home, but that’s not always possible on vacation. Keeping your toothbrush clean and out of contact with other things is more important than making sure it’s dry on vacation.  Use a resealable bag when traveling to protect it and when you get there, pop it open and let your brush air dry.
  5. Pack an ADA-Accepted Pack of Gum:  Chewing sugarless gum can help relieve ear pressure during a flight and help keep cavities at bay while on vacation. Research shows that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent cavities. That’s because it gets saliva flowing, which helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria.
  6. When In Doubt, Brush with Bottled Water:  If you are in a country  where the water supply is potentially compromised or you’re on a wilderness adventure but aren’t sure how clean the stream is, always use bottled water to brush.
  7. Get Back on Track After Your Trip:  If you let brushing and flossing slide or indulged in too many sweets while away, don’t beat yourself up.  Instead just get back on your normal routine of brushing two times a day and flossing as soon as you return home.