If you’re planning on traveling this spring, then there are a couple more things you’ll need to do other than packing your swimsuit and sunblock! As you gear up for your travels, here are a few important steps you need to take to maintain your oral health while you’re on the road.
1. Pack your dental hygiene necessities.
First things first, you’ll need to make sure you pack your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash to keep up your normal dental hygiene routine while you’re on your trip. If you have orthodontic devices, such as Invisalign aligners, don’t forget to bring your case to keep them safe when you take them out! You’ll also need to buy a toothbrush case for your trip. Make sure it has holes for ventilation and drainage—otherwise, it could become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria!
2. Book a dentist appointment before you leave.
By visiting your dentist before you leave, you can prevent any dental emergencies that could occur while you’re gone. Your dentist at Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics in Shorewood will check your teeth for cavities and other signs of infection or damage. We will also provide a professional teeth cleaning that will protect your teeth and enhance your smile on your big trip!
3. Print out our contact information.
You’ve probably heard that you should make copies of your passport and health insurance information to carry with you on your travels. These could come in handy in an emergency! For this same reason, you’ll want to carry a copy of our information with you while you’re on the road. Therefore, if you have a dental emergency while you’re traveling, you can give us a quick call to determine the best next steps. We can help you determine whether or not you should seek treatment right away or if the issue can wait until your return.
4. Be careful of the water.
If you’re leaving the country, be sure to be mindful of the water you’re drinking and using to brush your teeth. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you can’t drink the water, it should not be on your toothbrush. Use bottled water to rinse your mouth and clean off your toothbrush. If you accidentally rinse your toothbrush under the faucet, then just be sure to thoroughly wash it with clean water before using it again. You may also want to replace the toothbrush when the trip is done!
5. Get back to your normal routine when you return.
Sometimes it can be difficult to practice a thorough dental hygiene routine while you’re away. That’s okay! If you’ve gotten a bit off track when it comes to your oral health, just make sure to return to your dental hygiene regimen as normal upon your return. This includes brushing at least twice per day and flossing routinely!
To schedule your pre-travel dentist appointment, call Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics in Mt Olive today!