Gearing up for a new adventure? Be sure to keep your mouth in good health while you’re away. (Unfortunately, plaque doesn’t take vacations!) In addition to regular brushing and flossing, here are a couple things you can do to ensure you keep your teeth healthy while on your travels.
1. Schedule a check-up before you leave.
The best way to ensure you don’t have any issues while you’re globetrotting is to schedule a check-up in advance. This will give you peace of mind while on your trip, knowing that you don’t have any dental problems that could arise while you’re far from home. We’ll give you the latest information on your dental health using x-rays, and will perform a professional cleaning to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
2. Pack properly.
It is important to make sure your toothbrush travel container doesn’t hold your toothbrush too tightly, and that it has holes for ventilation and drainage. If it is too tight or doesn’t allow circulation, you could end up growing more bacteria on the brush. (Also, be certain to clean your case regularly!) You’ll also want to bring floss and other oral healthcare supplies, as they’ll come in handy if you run out! If you forgot your toothbrush and your hotel doesn’t have spare supplies, try using toothpaste on a towel or clean finger until you can get a replacement.
3. Keep you’re your dentist’s contact information handy.
If you have a dental emergency, you’ll want to contact your dentist at TruBlu Dentistry right away. Try keeping the office’s contact information in your cellphone. You’d be surprised at just how many emergency dental situations can be resolved over the phone in a pinch. We can help you to determine whether or not something needs to be treated right away, or if it can wait upon your return. If you happen to need immediate dental care, you can contact the local consulate or US embassy for recommendations on a dental office to visit in the area.
4. Brush with bottled water if necessary.
The rule of thumb is: if it isn’t safe to drink the water, it isn’t safe to brush with. Avoid getting compromised water on your toothbrush at all, if possible. Instead, used bottled or boiled water to brush your teeth. If you happen to slip up and rinse your toothbrush in the local water, we recommend replacing the brush. Otherwise, scrub the brush thoroughly with bottled water to improve your chances of not getting sick.
5. After your trip, get back on track!
Of course, we always recommend brushing twice a day and flossing regularly no matter where you are, but we understand that it can be easy to fall out of the habit while you’re away! When you return, be sure to get back to your normal routine. This will help you to prevent tartar buildup, tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
If you have any questions about keeping your mouth in good shape while on your travels, or want to schedule a check-up before you go, call TruBlu Dentistry today! We’ll be happy to get your teeth and gums in good shape before your adventures begin!