Maintaining proper oral hygiene and dental habits while away is important. Here is how to take care of your teeth while you are travelling.
- Consider a Disposable Mini-Toothbrush
If you are travelling for long periods of time without access to a sink, a good alternative is to use a disposable mini toothbrush, which doesn’t require any water.
- Visit Your Dentist Before You Leave
Ensure that you schedule a checkup and cleaning before you head out of the country. This will minimize the chances that you will have to seek out a dentist in another country, which could be inconvenient and potentially problematic, especially if travelling in a third-world country or in areas where a dentist may not be easily accessible.
- Utilize The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) is a nonprofit organization that provides a list of IAMAT approved doctors and clinics all around the world, as well as verified and current travel advice. Visit their website for more information: www.iamat.org.
- Use Safe Water
It is important to use safe water not only for the health of your teeth, but also your body at large. If the tap water isn’t safe for drinking, use bottled water to brush your teeth.
- Use a Travel Case or Toothbrush Guard
A toothbrush travel case, guard, or cover will ensure that your toothbrush doesn’t get exposed to germs and bacteria while you are travelling. However, don’t store your toothbrush in its case if your toothbrush is wet, as this will allow germs to accumulate. Always allow your toothbrush to air dry.
- Avoid Deliberately Seeking Out Dental Care in Another Country
Perhaps you have heard that dental care and other dental procedures are cheaper in other countries. We strongly advise against this for the following reasons: first, it may be difficult to determine the dentist’s qualifications. Your insurance in Canada may not work in a foreign country. If something goes awry during your procedure, seeking out a lawyer in a foreign country would likely be very difficult.
These are only a few reasons why it is recommended that you not seek out dental services in another country. If you plan to spend a lot of time in a new country and going to the dentist is inevitable, ensure that you do your research first.
- Snack Smart
It is especially important to avoid sugary snacks when travelling because you likely won’t have a lot of easy access to running water so that you can brush your teeth, meaning that you at an increased risk of developing cavities if you continue to eat sugary snacks.
If you are need of a dental checkup and cleaning before your date of departure, consider Dawson Dental. Our team is knowledgeable and caring. Contact us today for more.