Dental Care: Tips for Looking after Your Oral Health While Traveling

Noticing your oral hygiene while traveling might be the second to the least of your concern if you are on a journey towards an exciting destination. Not only that, maintaining the proper dental care while traveling can be difficult especially if you are spending hours in a car or in certain transportation that might deprive you of brushing opportunities.

Additionally, since brushing your teeth is part of your normal routine, being on an activity that is different from your usual routine might make you forget your oral hygiene. So, what can you do to protect your teeth while traveling? With an advance plan beforehand, you can avoid neglecting your dental health while enjoying your holiday travel.

Make Time for Checkup

Even if when you are not bound to go on a trip, one should still have time for a regular check-up. Just how a certain saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Which is why if you can make time for your leisure activities, surely you can make time for a regular check-up at your dentist.

Making time for an oral check-up before going on a trip is also one way to take good care of your teeth. Most dentists would recommend having a thorough exam so that they might be able to spot any problems before it is going to happen. Additionally, it might give you a piece of mind knowing that there might not be any problems making you fully enjoy your trip.

Lastly, if you do not have your own dentist that you regularly go for a checkup with then try asking for recommendations from friends or even looking it up at the internet to find information about great dental clinics such as the Markham Dental.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Do you remember your mother telling you that eating too much candy is going to break your teeth? Well, hopefully, you listened to her because sugary treats are a bad idea, especially if you are traveling.  Now, instead of those teeth decaying treats why not opt for those healthy snacks which are way better for your health and teeth?

Pack up some fruits and veggies into sticks for easy snacking, or you could also fill up a cooler with baby carrots and broccoli instead of candy bars and cookies.

Keep an Oral Hygiene Kit

Never leave your oral hygiene kit behind! Gather up all of your oral health items and keep it with you while traveling. All you have to do is to sort your oral kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, or anything that is part of your regular routine. If you have braces, then pack the necessary stuff so that you will still be able to take good care of your teeth while traveling.

Properly Pack Your Kit

Asides from bringing your necessary dental kit with you, it should also be properly packed and make sure that it will always be clean to use especially if you are on a trip. You need to store it properly to avoid breeding bacteria on it—make sure that your toothbrush is placed in a well-ventilated place which has surrounding holes for air and water draining.

Just a bit of a reminder that you need to also properly clean your toothbrush after using it every time and make sure that your toothbrush is dried out before placing it back in the bag. This is necessarily done so that bacteria wouldn’t be able to form and risk your dental health in the process.

Utilizing Break Time

Utilize your break period for flossing or brushing your teeth, take the chance and clean up your teeth especially if you were eating before the break period. You should brush every time after having food so that your mouth will be free from the germs or bacteria that might form due to your neglection in your oral health condition.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Emergencies do happen and no one exactly knows when it will happen. This, here are some preventive tips to help you out and avoid dental disasters:

Tip Number 1

If possible, you should be cautious about what you eat. If you love chewing on ice, hard candies, or any other food that is rock hard to chew on then it is suggested that you should stop doing so. Why? Because munching on these types of food often include chipped or cracked teeth, damage to tooth enamel, or problems that exist in dental work such as crowns and fillings.

Tip Number 2

Pack over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen which would help in case of a toothache.

Tip Number 3

If you have dental insurance, then might as well review or double-check it to be aware of what is covered especially if you are traveling to other states.


Your oral hygiene is part of your overall health, which is why as much as how you take good care of the other parts of your body, your oral health should also be given the same attention as them.  

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