The Traveler’s Guide to Oral Health Care

Maps: check. Foreign language guide book: check. Extra room in the suitcase for souvenirs: check. A plan for oral health while you’re traveling: …What?

Before traveling across the country or overseas, people spend a lot of time planning. They book plane tickets and hotel rooms. They purchase maps and guide books and plan what sites they will visit. They buy new outfits for the trip and make a long list of everything they need to pack. They take their medications and a bag full of toiletries. If they’re going overseas, they probably purchased a converter for their hair dryer. They do all these things to be fully prepared, but often they forget about their dental health. Our Dallas cosmetic dentists recommend planning ahead to prevent dental emergencies while traveling.

Good Dental Habits

You can prevent many dental health problems just by taking good care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly will prevent many oral health problems from ever arising. You should also be in the habit of regularly visiting our dentists Dallas for cleanings and oral exams. These good dental habits will help your teeth to be in optimum shape before you travel.

Plan Your Procedures

If you have to have a major dental procedure done, make sure you schedule it at least two to four weeks before you travel. You want to make sure that there are no problems or side effects from your procedure before you leave the area. Also, changes in air pressure can cause pain in recent dental work, so flying soon after a procedure is not a good idea.

Just in Case Plans

Hopefully you won’t have any dental health problems while you are vacationing and away from our Dallas cosmetic dentists, but you should always be prepared just in case. Most people pack a first aid kit when they travel, so you should pack a dental emergency kit as well. These kits can be purchased almost anywhere that sells first aid kits. These kits will give you the materials that you need in case of a toothache or other dental health problem while you are away from your dentist. If you are going to be traveling for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to go ahead and find a dentist in that area, so you know where to go if you have oral health problems.

Watch the Water

Many locations around the world have tap water that is not safe for tourists to drink. If you are traveling to one of these locations, you will probably be extra cautious and purchase drinking water. Make sure you use this water to brush your teeth with as well. You could also use hydrogen peroxide to sterilize your toothbrush.

Nothing ruins a good vacation like not feeling well. But if you plan ahead to avoid a toothache and other dental problems while traveling, you won’t have to worry about your oral health ruining your vacation.