When you take your next vacation, you need to make sure you are not taking a vacation from good dental health. Here are a few ways to take great care of your dental health when you travel.
1. Save Your Dentist's Contact Information
Make sure you have your dentist's contact information saved in your phone. That way, if you find yourself experiencing a dental emergency, you can get assistance over the phone. Your dentist will be able to let you know if you need to get treatment right away or if you can wait and come back in for treatment after your vacation.
2. Always Pack Your Toothbrush
Make sure to pack your toothbrush with you. If you don't want to take your entire electrical toothbrush with you, bring a regular toothbrush. A regular toothbrush will get the job done while you are on vacation.
Did you forget your toothbrush? Rinse your mouth out vigorously with water to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth. You can even swish around some toothpaste as well. Most hotels carry extra toothbrushes, so you can always ask and see if you can grab one from the front desk as well.
3. Let Your Toothbrush Dry Out Properly
When it comes to keeping your toothbrush clean, make sure you have a good way to transport it. Your toothbrush stays sanitary when it is able to fully dry out in between each brushing. You don't want your toothbrush to stay wet all day long. Find a travel case that has holes that will allow air to flow and your toothbrush to dry out in between brushings. Don't just throw your toothbrush into a plastic bag where it will stay damp all day; use a case that will allow it to air out.
4. Brush Using Bottled Water
If you are traveling somewhere where you are not sure about the quality of the water, bring bottled water to brush your teeth with. Use bottled water to rinse out both your mouth and your brush with to reduce your risk of getting sick from the local water supply.
5. Bring Some Sugarless Gum
You may not be able to keep up with the exact same brushing habits you normally have, which is why you should bring some sugarless chewing gum with you. Chewing sugarless gum after you eat will help create saliva in your mouth, which can help remove bacteria from your mouth. Look for gum that is approved by the American Dental Association.
When traveling, be sure to have your dentists phone number with you so you can get their advice if you find yourself facing a dental emergency. Bring a toothbrush and a travel case for your toothbrush that will allow it to dry out properly. Use bottled water if the water source where you are traveling is questionable and bring along some sugarless gum for cleaning your teeth between meals.