Tooth problems should be the last thing on your mind when you’re on vacation. If you’re traveling abroad, a surprise toothache can really put a damper on the whole experience. Especially when you consider the fact that most of these problems are very easy to prevent. Avoid these unwanted occurrences by following a few, simple rules.
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Consult Your Dentist Before Leaving
Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups should already be part of your routine. You should follow their advice when it comes to how often you schedule your check-ups. If you have no serious problems, visiting them at least a week before you leave gives a good chance to ask them for some tips in case the unexpected happens.
You should avoid traveling if you’ve recently had a dental implant. It takes a while for you to heal, and be sure that everything is in order. It’s best to stay close to your specialist, just in case you might need them.
If the situation calls for it, you can always find a dentist in the country you are visiting. And actually, there many people who combine the two activities. There are many countries that offer really affordable dental work, so you get a chance to see a new, and exotic place, solve some nagging tooth problems, and maybe even save money in the process.
Make Sure You Have Everything You Might Need
Apart from the mandatory basic tooth care kit, which should include toothbrush, mouthwash and floss, you should also consider bringing with you some mild painkillers, and anti-inflammatory drugs, as advised by your dental health professional.
You should also ask about the names of the active ingredients in these drugs, in case you need to buy some in the country you are visiting. Brand names may differ, so you might not find the drug you are using, or it might be different from the one back home. But if you know exactly what it contains, as long as it’s not too powerful, you can try using the local version. Ask local pharmacists for advice as well, this is not the time to experiment.
Brush Every Time You Get an Opportunity
On vacation, it might be difficult to keep a schedule. Your dental hygiene routine might suffer as a consequence. This is way you should brush your teeth every chance you get, especially if you have sensitive teeth.
You’re probably going to want to experience the local cuisine, and try out all sorts of things that might affect your teeth. To do that, and avoid having problems later on, brush your teeth as often as possible, even if it means you’re not going to follow a strict plan. Nighttime brushing is the most important, and there are some tricks you can use to maximize the benefits you’re getting out of it.
You can keep your toothbrush, or mouthwash with you at all times, and give your teeth a good scrub when you pop out for a bathroom break. There’s really no harm in brushing your teeth more than twice a day.
Take Good Care of Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is your best friend when traveling, so make sure you take good care of it. Keep it a little plastic baggy, if you don’t have one of those travel brushes, with a cap. After using it, clean it thoroughly, and leave it out to dry before packing. If you don’t, the moisture can lead to the development of bacteria.
Depending on where you’re going, if you have an electric toothbrush, you may want to consider leaving it at home. Or make sure you have an adaptor with you. However, if you’re going on an extended road trip, reaching a power source every morning and every night might not be an option. It’s better if you just stick with a classic, disposal toothbrush, then risking damaging your electric one, or not finding a place to plug it in.
When traveling to a different country, there are a lot of health related preparations you have to make. Dental health is often times neglected, and that shouldn’t be the case. It’s very easy to make sure your teeth are in tip-top shape during your trip. And the possible negative effect of ignoring them are going to be far more annoying than just taking a few minutes each day to make sure everything is in check.
Ethel Huizar is a full time writer, who graduated from Master of Public Health, University of Colorado. Ethel is passionate about the effects of nature and science on our lives so she aims to help people lead flourishing lives with their help. She believes that the state of good health, both mental and physical, is essential for every human being.