Things I wish everyone knew about looking after their smile while travelling
There’s only one thing that’s worse than a toothache - and that’s a toothache while you’re on holiday. That’s why it is important to make sure that you pack well for your trip and make sure that you take some time to look after your dental health.
When travelling overseas it’s easy to go longer than 12 hours without brushing. So it’s good to have a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss handy. However, with the limitations for liquids, aerosols and gels for carry on luggage, regular sized toothpaste won’t make it through customs. Instead, a handy smaller sample toothpaste is useful to help clean your teeth during airport wait times. You’re welcome to come in to the clinic to grab a few (as long as you tell us where you’re going). Most bottles of mouthwash are also too big to go through customs, and there is a risk that it may spill out into your luggage. If you can, try to stick to flossing and brushing while you’re travelling overseas. If you can’t make sure that it is well sealed and kept within another container or a few packets to protect your belongings.
When travelling domestically, you won’t have the same restrictions in volume, but it’s still important to make sure that you maintain the habits that you have at home: make sure that you brush twice daily. Flossing daily helps make sure that the areas the toothbrush can’t reach get cleaned. Use of an interdental brush can also be used to clean in between teeth. If you use an electric toothbrush, make sure you have a charger and a back up manual
For both locations, it’s important that you have clean drinking water to use to clean your toothbrush, as this can also be a source of infections. If you use an electric toothbrush, make sure you have a charger and a back-up manual toothbrush in case you don’t have the opportunity to charge. having a sample of sensitive toothpaste can also be handy to keep in case you get a bit of sensitivity during your trip.
Finally, make sure you get a dental check up at least a month before you leave for a long trip. While dentists don’t have a crystal ball, they can catch a lot of things before pain develops.