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August 5th, 2019

Travel Tips for Your Teeth

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Are you getting in another vacation before the school year starts up again?

For a variety of reasons, including the weather and the break from school, many people travel during the summer! That’s why we’ve created a great reference list of tips for your oral health when you travel.

1. Create your own dental travel kit

Who could forget their phone charger when they travel? Put the same kind of emphasis on your oral health essentials.

You can even create your very own dental travel kit with all your essentials stocked up: your toothbrush, plenty of floss, mouthwash, toothpaste, your toothbrush cover, and anything else you regularly use. That might include a timer or tongue scraper, for example. If you travel all the time, it might even be worth having a separate dental travel kit you reserve for travel to have ready and so that you never forget anything!

If you do forget your toothbrush and haven’t had a chance to buy a new one, do your best to rinse with water until you can get a new one.

2. Cover your toothbrush

Toothbrush covers are designed to keep your toothbrush safe and also CLEAN! Just think of all the dirt and bacteria that can get on your toothbrush—whether that’s in your luggage or in your hotel room or in the car! These can even work if you tend to put your toothbrush in your purse when you’re on-the-go. When you arrive at your destination, you can take it out of the case!

3. Bring some healthy snacks

Sometimes vacations can be a total break from your normal nutrition. You want to enjoy your time on vacation, but consider picking and choosing how you savor and enjoy your meals, snacks, and food in general.

If you’re flying or driving, you can pack or bring healthy food that you can eat during your trip. That can not only save money, but that way you can know more about what you’re eating and you can leave room for some delicious meals on your actual trip without feeling guilt.

4. Plan ahead for healthier, more satisfying meals

If you’re up for it and it makes sense for the nature of your trip, you can also do research on where you’ll be able to find food that means your nutrition requirements—or simply the “top” food spots you want to enjoy. Knowing you are going to enjoy some great food might also help you from filling up on candy or portable food that’s full of sugar!

If someone in your group has a specialty diet, write down what you’ll need so that they can eat and/or snack on the trip.

5. Don’t use your teeth as tools

Maybe you’re opening a protein bar or another snack that you tend to eat when you travel…whatever the reason may be, avoid the temptation to use your teeth like scissors or like tools during travel. We’ve talked about it before and we’ll talk about it again: your teeth really shouldn’t be used like “tools” because that puts them at risk for major damage.

6. Stay hydrated with water

Ever notice how dehydrated you tend to get when traveling?

Your body is 60 percent water, and traveling can dehydrate you, so combat that by monitoring your water intake. It may even feel like you are constantly drinking water, but your body will respond positively!

Recall that water helps to restore a good pH balance in your mouth. It naturally cleans your teeth with every sip and water also works to get rid of leftover foods and acids in the mouth. Sounds a little gross, but it’s true that water is a great way to get rid of bacteria and sugars that result in cavities and tooth decay.

Last but not least, water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Drinking more water and staying hydrated is a great way to feel your best and keep up with your oral health habits while on vacation.

plan ahead for your travels

7. Keep up your oral health routine

Do whatever you can to keep your normal dental routine with the family. That starts by making sure you pack or will have quick and easy access to enough toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, and anything else you normally use in your normal oral health routine (such as a timer).

Not only does that make the healthy habits seamless when you get back home, but it helps to teach the kids that even with a little change or in a different setting, they can still practice great oral health habits. That’s a great lesson for a lifetime!

8. Know a dental emergency when you see one

If you have a dental-related emergency—that is, something that requires immediate attention—seek medical attention as well.

So what might you deem as an emergency? Here is a list, though not comprehensive, of situations when it’s best to get urgent attention:

  • Puncture wounds or lacerations to the cheeks, tongue or lips
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Severe and unusual pain
  • Large bulges on the gum tissue
  • Foreign object stuck in teeth or gums (potential emergency)
  • Sudden swelling in the mouth or gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Knocked out teeth, loose and/or misaligned teeth and fractured teeth

if you have any kind of emergency (injury, unexplained bleeding, diarrhea, high fever, or symptoms of certain diseases that are known risks in your area), be sure to seek medical attention immediately! It can be difficult to want to seek medical care when you are on vacation, but it can be important to protect your health or the health of loved ones.

9. Do a little research in case of a general health emergency, too

Depending on who you are traveling with (say, with the kids!) or where you are going (say, out of the country), it is probably wise to do a little homework in terms of your health and medical coverage. A little research before you go on the trip could go a long way if the worst happens.

Check your health insurance plan to see what is covered and what isn’t in the places you will be traveling in. If appropriate, determine if you need to purchase additional coverage. In some cases, medical evacuation insurance could be appropriate. Be sure to do this for every person in your group and consider keeping the information in a folder or in a secure place where you can quickly access the information.

You can also find a list of doctors and health care facilities in the country you are visiting on Embassy and Consulate websites. Doing this research before anything happens can help you save time (and money) later. Save links in an easy-to-find spot if you believe you’ll have access to those on your trip.

make sure your regular dental visits are scheduled

10. Make sure your regular dental visits are scheduled

Whenever you go out of town for a trip, it’s going to be a good idea to double check that your regular visits with us are scheduled. Ideally, you don’t want to put off the idea of going to the dentist or scheduling your visit just because of an upcoming vacation!

The saying “time flies” couldn’t be more true in the summer. Double check that your next visit is on the calendar so that you ensure you and your family continue to come in to see us regularly—which is usually twice a year.

Your Dream Smile is Within Reach at Hagen Dental Practice

Whether you are traveling in the future, you recently traveled, or you just are looking for a deep clean, give Hagen Dental Practice a call today at (513) 251.5500. You can also use our convenient online scheduling at any time here. Your teeth—and your smile—will feel great when you leave Hagen Dental Practice!

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