You’ve packed your phone, chargers, hand sanitizer, snacks, and earbuds, but what about your dental travel list—is everything accounted for? Although the extent of many travel lists may simply begin with toothbrush and end with toothpaste, there are other items you may want to add as well as scenarios to consider when traveling. Optimum dental travel health relies on more than simply your travel size oral hygiene goodies. Here are ten tips to ensure your teeth are taken care of before you depart for your next adventure.
Ten Dental Travel Tips You Don’t Want to Overlook
- Travel-Size Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Yes, it may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a good idea to go with travel-pack toothbrushes and toothpaste because more often than not these days, they’ll be TSA approved, and as an added bonus they’re typically smaller, allowing you more room for other trip essentials.
- Cover or Plastic Baggies for Your Toothbrush
Items can shift and spill during travel. To keep your toothbrush free from unwanted liquids and lint, keep it covered and/or contained with a plastic cover or inside a Ziplock bag.
- ADA Approved Gum
Keep your breath fresh and fight cavities by packing an ADA approved sugarless gum. Look for the ADA Seal of acceptance.
- Interdental Cleaner
Interdental cleaners also referred to as floss, floss sticks, and interdental brushes, are perfect for ensuring those travel selfies don’t have rogue food particles present. They’ll also make sure that you reach the places between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
- Call Your Dental Insurance Company
According to a recent story in Forbes, one out of three people in the U.S. is unsure as to whether medical insurance will be covered abroad. It’s wise, especially when traveling out of the country, to find out if your dental insurance plan covers dental emergencies or other services.
- Keep Yourself Accountable
It’s hard enough to maintain routine oral hygiene regimens during travel, but while this is extremely important, especially because people tend to splurge more, it’s likewise beneficial to remain committed to any orthodontic treatment you may be going, such as Invisalign.
- Remember to Bring the Mouthguard
Are sports and/or teeth grinding part of your family lifestyle? If so, remember to pack the mouthguards.
- Be Wary of Your Water Supply
If you happen to visit a corner of the world in which the water could be compromised, it’s wise to not only drink bottled water but to also use it to brush your teeth.
- Check Up Before You Check In
To help increase your odds of having a perfectly positive dental travel experience, make sure you’ve had a recent checkup with your dentist. You know what they say regarding an ounce of prevention!
- When in Doubt Reach Out
At Hospital Dental Group we want you to get the most out of your travel experiences. If you have any questions regarding how to maximize your dental travel health, we’re here to help!
Your Travel Buddies
At Hospital Dental Group we strive to be your dental tourism and travel experts. If you’d like to schedule an appointment before your next trip, we’re happy to assist you. Contact us now to set up an appointment at 860-524-5194.